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Soviet Archaeology: Trends, Schools, and History

Leo S. Klejn


This book examines the peculiar phenomenon which was Soviet archaeology, showing where it differs from Western archaeology and the archaeology of pre-revolutionary Russia, and where it reveals similarities. The book asks whether Soviet archaeology can be regarded as Marxist, and, if so, whether Marxism was to Russian archaeology a help or a hindrance at that time. Were the writings of Soviet archaeologists mere propaganda, driving their own political agenda, or can they be read as objective studies of our past? The book shows that Soviet archaeology was no monolithic bloc, though Soviet ideolo ... More

Keywords: archaeologists, Gulag, propaganda, Soviet archaeology, Russia, Marxism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199601356
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199601356.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leo S. Klejn, author
Emeritus Professor, St Petersburg University