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Views of ancient Egypt since Napoleon Bonaparte : imperialism, colonialism and modern appropriations

Annotation This book addresses some of the main themes of the study of Egypt during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In a combination of case studies and discursive chapters, the status of Egypt as an important example of traditional Asian scholarship, and as an ancient model of imperialism itself, is examined. Contributions range from studies of nineteenth century antiquarianism, and the collecting of Egyptian antiquities as an extension of the territorial ambitions and rivalries of the European powers, to explorations of how Egypt is understood and interpreted in contemporary societies. Views of Ancient Egypt also considers the way in which Ancient Egypt has been adopted by less privileged members of some societies as a cultural icon of past greatness
eBook, English, 2003
UCL Press ; Cavendish Pub., London, Portland, Or., 2003
1 online resource (xvi, 223 pages) : illustrations
9781843147596, 9786610167449, 9781844720019, 1843147599, 6610167443, 1844720012
1. Introduction : two hundred years of Ancient Egypt : modern history and ancient archaeology / David Jeffreys
2. Imperialist appropriations of Egyptian obelisks / Fekri A. Hassan
3. Art and antiquities for government's sake / Morris L. Bierbrier
4. "Purveyor-general to the hieroglyphics" : Sir William Gell and the development of Egyptology / Jason Thompson
5. Some Egyptological sidelights on the Egyptian wara of 1882 / David M. Dixon
6. Forgers, scholars and international prestige : ancient Egypt and Spain / José-R. Pérez-Accino and Covadonga Sevilla Cueva (French translated by Daniel Antoine and Lawrence Stewart Owens)
7. 'Trans-Atlantic pyramidology', Orientalism, and empire : ancient Egypt and the 19th century of archaeological experience of Mesoamerica / Isabel Medina-González
8. Egypt and the diffusion of culture / Timothy Champion
9. Approaching the peasantry of Greco-Roman Egypt : from Rostovtzeff to rhetoric / Jane Rowlandson
10. The British and the Copts / Mary Horbury
11. Ancient Egypt and the archaeology of the disenfranchised / Sandra A. Scham
12. Forgetting the Ancien Régime : republican values and the study of the ancient Orient / David Wengrow