The Construction of a Prehistory for the World Beyond Europe: Introduction to the File: Prehistory in the Tropics

Publication date: 14.12.2022

ORGANON, 2022, Volume 54, pp. 1 - 1



Arnaud Hurel
Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, UMR 7194, 1 rue René Panhard, 75013 Paris, France
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Maddalena Cataldi
The Centre Alexandre-Koyré
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From the second half of the 19th century, prehistory developed, both theoretically and in the field, according to a European model. Concepts and vocabulary, but also collections and European sites, were established as axioms. This construction of prehistory took place during the expansion of ethnographic missions and colonial empires. This European prehistory with universal ambitions had to take into account an otherness, current and embodied by the savage, which had become an object of study for the emerging human sciences. From a historiographical point of view, many relationships remain to be clarified with regard to the interactions between European prehistory and the construction of a prehistory beyond Europe.


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La construction de la préhistoire hors d’Europe: Introduction au dossier Préhistoire sous les tropiques


Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, UMR 7194, 1 rue René Panhard, 75013 Paris, France

The Centre Alexandre-Koyré

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