Archaeology of the Communist Era

A Political History of Archaeology of the 20th Century

  • Ludomir R Lozny

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Leo Klejn
    Pages 59-99
  3. Evžen Neustupný
    Pages 151-166
  4. László Bartosiewicz
    Pages 195-233
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 349-364

About this book


This book contributes to better recognition and comprehension of the interconnection between archaeology and political pressure, especially imposed by the totalitarian communist regimes. It explains why, under such political conditions, some archaeological reasoning and practices were resilient, while new ideas leisurely penetrated the local scenes. It attempts to critically evaluate the political context and its impact on archaeology during the communist era world wide and contributes to better perception of the relationship between science and politics in general. This book analyzes the pressures inflicted on archaeologists by the overwhelmingly potent political environment, which stimulates archaeological thought and controls the conditions for professional engagement. Included are discussions about the perception of archaeology and its findings by the public.  ​


Communist era archaeology Connection between archaeology and political conditions Effect of political agendas on archaeology research Effect of political liberalization on archaeological research Influence of communist politics on archaeology theory Political history of archaeology

Editors and affiliations

  • Ludomir R Lozny
    • 1
  1. 1.Hunter CollegeNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-45106-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-45108-4
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