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Walking in the Footsteps of the Romans: French Colonial Archaeology in Algeria, 1830-1900
Bonnie Effros, University of Florida
Grant details: https://securegrants.neh.gov/publicquery/main.aspx?f=1&gn=FT-60454-13
“Museum-Building in Nineteenth-Century Algeria: Colonial Narratives in French Collections of Classical Antiquities,” (Article)
Title: “Museum-Building in Nineteenth-Century Algeria: Colonial Narratives in French Collections of Classical Antiquities,”
Author: Bonnie Effros
Abstract: This essay examines the fate of Roman antiquities in the course of the French conquest and colonization of Algeria, a military undertaking that began in July 1830 and resulted in the destruction of significant numbers of ancient remains over the following decades. Although French officials recognized the ideological significance of Roman remains for the French military and colonial venture, military officers who created the earliest museums to house this ancient material faced significant challenges from both the army and European civilian settlers. Roman monuments, while not anticipated as an integral component of the French campaign in North Africa, supplied not only raw materials but the ideological building blocks of an historiographic project that legitimized French presence in the region.
Primary URL: http://jhc.oxfordjournals.org/content/28/2/243.full.pdf+html
Primary URL Description: Journal of the History of Collections 28.2: 243-259.
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Periodical Title: Journal of the History of Collections
Publisher: Oxford University Press