The Roth Family, Anthropology, and Colonial Administration by Left Coast Press Inc (Hardback, 2008)
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- DescriptionNo family better represents the overlapping roles of administrator and scientist in the British empire than the Roths. Descended from a Hungarian emigrant to Australia, two generations of Roths served the empire on four continents and, at the same time, produced ethgraphic, archaeological, and linguistic studies that form the basis for much modern research. This volume assesses the often-conflicting roles and contributions of the Roths as government servants and anthropologists. Most of the volume deals with Walter E. Roth, who developed foundational studies of both the Australian Aborigines-considered to be among the first systematic ethgraphies anywhere-and South American tribes while serving as Chief Protector of Aborigines in Queensland and later medical officer, magistrate, museum curator and indigeus relations officer in British Guyana. Henry Ling Roth's contributions to the anthropology of Tasmania, Benin, Sarawak, and New Zealand are also enumerated, as are the publications and administrative activities of the succeeding generation of Roths. This volume serves the reader as a family biography, a slice of the English colonial history, and an important introduction to the history of anthropology.
- Author BiographyRussell McDougall has published widely on West African, West Indian and Australian literatures and histories. He is Associate Professor in English at the University of New England. Iain Davidson has studied the archaeology of hunter-gatherers in Europe and Australia since the early 1970s. He has studied stone tools, animal bones and rock art, and published extensively on the archaeology of language origins, often with psychologist William Noble. He has undertaken archaeological work in North West Central Queensland since 1986.
- PublisherLeft Coast Press Inc
- Date of Publication15/07/2008
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Series TitleUniversity College London Institute of Archaeology Publications
- Place of PublicationWalnut Creek
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintLeft Coast Press Inc
- Content Note40 illus
- Weight612 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Edited byIain Davidson,Russell McDougall
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