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Miss Rana Daroogheh-Nokhodcheri

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Research Topic

Imperialism, Nationalism and History of Archaeology in Iran


Since the first pillars of the discipline of archaeology were laid in the 19th century, archaeologists have been aware of the potential uses of their work for political purposes. Despite the recognition of the role of archaeology in politics and specifically nationalism, there are seldom any studies focusing on Iran. This thesis aims to confer the entwined relationship between the rise of imperialism and its political impacts on the expansion of nationalism and archaeology in the multi-ethnic country of Iran. The rendering of this topic is mainly concerned with identifying patterns of the use of archaeology in promoting two different types of nation-states: that of a secular nation-state before the Revolution of 1979 and a Shia nation-state after the Revolution.

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