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Russian Perspective on Theoretical Archaeology : The Life and Work of Leo S. Klejn (Hardcover) (Stephen

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Leach aims to stimulate interest in Russian, Jewish, homosexual, archaeologist Leo S. Klejn’s work (1927-). He offers a window on a different intellectual world and an archaeological tradition that developed almost entirely independent of the Anglo-American one and is largely unknown to that tradition. He covers Klejn’s wide-ranging intellectual curiosity, prodigious productivity, and his life, which Klejn himself divides into before prison and after prison. Caught up in the Leningrad wave of arrests in 1981, he was among the cohort of professors and lecturers arrested, mainly Jews, who were published in the West and were popular among students. His incarceration brought him to the belief that the natural manner of society is like life in prison--bloody, violent, sometimes lethal--while outside society is artificial and structured by culture. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Both the work and the life of Leo S. Klejn, Russia?s foremost archaeological theorist, remain generally unrecognized by Western scholars. Until now. In this biography and summary of his work, Stephen Leach outlines Klejn?s wide-ranging theoretical contributions on the place and nature of archaeology. The book details
-Klejn?s diverse work on ethnogenesis, migration, Homeric studies, pagan Slavic religion, homosexuality, and the history of archaeology;
-his life challenges as a Russian Jewish scholar, jailed for homosexuality by the KGB and for his challenges to Marxist dogma.;
-his key contributions to theoretical archaeology and, in particular, Klejn?s comparisons between archaeologists and forensic scientists.
Number of Pages: 221
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: Soviet Union, Archaeology
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Stephen D. Leach
Language: English
Street Date: August 31, 2015
TCIN: 16961910
UPC: 9781629581385
Item Number (DPCI): 247-43-4563
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