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Aryan Idols: Indo-European Mythology as Ideology and Science

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Critically examining the discourse of Indo-European scholarship over the past two hundred years, Aryan Idols demonstrates how the interconnected concepts of “Indo-European” and “Aryan” as ethnic categories have been shaped by, and used for, various ideologies.
Stefan Arvidsson traces the evolution of the Aryan idea through the nineteenth century—from its roots in Bible-base
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 15th 2006 by University Of Chicago Press
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A fairly thorough overview of 'Indo-European' research from William Jones and James Frazer, via the Völkish and Nazi era (Ahnenerbe, Männerbünde research by Otto Höffler etc.), to post-war positions such as that of George Dumézil. As such it is unique and also intriguing reading. My only objection to the authors presentation is that there are some deconstructivist and modernist tendencies (i.e. 'is there anything that can factually be called the 'Indo-Europeans?') which I personally do not subsc ...more
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