The Slavic Dossier

Medieval Archaeology in the Soviet Republic of Moldova: Between State Propaganda and Scholarly Endeavor


In The Slavic Dossier, Iurie Stamati’s objective is to understand the reasons for the emergence of two different discourses on the place of the Slavs on the territory of Moldova and their role in the genesis of Moldovans and their culture during the medieval period in the Soviet archaeology. His analysis goes beyond the utilitarian perception of Soviet archeology. To achieve this, Stamati not only questions the political contexts in which these discourses emerged, but also looks at the history of the Moldovan archaeological field, personal profiles of archaeologists, their theoretical and ideological attachment, relationships and interactions with each other inside and outside the archaeological field.

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Iurie Stamati, Ph.D. (2015), Université Laval, is a Visiting Research Scholar at University of Florida, Department of History. He has published many articles on the politicization of historiography and archaeology in Eastern Europe, Soviet Union, Romania, and Moldova.
“Именно поэтому можно только приветствовать появление книги, целью которой является аналитически отрефлексировать и вы явить истоки и мотивы идеологической борьбы, возникшей в процессе развития региональной археологической науки, разобраться в парадоксальной историографической ситуации, сложившейся в средневековой археоло-гии Советской Молдавии (One can only welcome the appearance of a book whose purpose is to analytically reflect and identify the origins and motives of the ideological battle that arose during the development of regional archaeological science, to understand the paradoxical historiographic situation that unfolded within the medieval archeology of Soviet Moldova.)"
"...что книга Юрия Стамати не имеет шансов остаться незамеченной. И потому, что она затрагивает некоторые болезненные вопросы, которые еще разделяют молдавских археологов и историков. И потому, что используемая методология может служить примером в изучении других национальных археологических школ постсоветскогопространства, да и не только (Iurie Stamati’s book will not go unnoticed. The book addresses a number of painful issues that are still dividing Moldavian archaeologists and historians; also the methodology used can serve as an example in the study of other national archaeological schools of the post-Soviet area, and not only.)"
Roman Rabinovich, High Anthropological School University, Chisinau in Stratum plus, issue number 5, 2019, 401-408
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 1 The Republic of Moldova: Historical Overview
 2 Soviet Archaeology—A Simple Ideological Tool? (Theoretical Approach)
 3 Methodology and Sources
 4 The Tool Box of Nationalist Ideology
 5 Structure of the Book

1 The Birth of a Paradigm: Moldovan Archaeology and the Slavic Problem
 1 Moldovan Archaeology: The Beginnings of a Discipline
 2 Between Ethnic and Social: Theoretical Framework and Methodological References of Moldovan Archaeology
 3 The Conquest of a New Territory: The Beginnings of Slavic Archaeology in the MSSR

2 Georgiĭ Fedorov and the Building of Slavic Archaeology in the MSSR
 1 The Intellectual Georgiĭ Fedorov
 2 Fedorov the Archaeologist: His Training and Know-how
 3 Why the MSSR?
 4 Fedorov and the First Generation of Moldovan Medievalist Archaeologists
 5 The Slavic Saga on the Territory of the MSSR According to Fedorov

3 The Indigenous Character of the Moldovans, a Singular View
 1 Romanian Archaeology and the Slavic Question
 2 Relations between Romanian and Soviet Archaeologists
 3 The Slavic Saga and the Date of the Appearance of the Vlachs on the Territory of the MSSR—the Official Version of the 1960s–1980s
 4 The “Ion Hîncu” Dossier

Conclusions: The Slavic Dossier, Medieval Archaeology in the Soviet Republic of Moldova between State Propaganda and Scholarly Endeavor
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All interested in Soviet historiography and archaeology and their relationship with power. All those interested in the relationship between intellectuals and the Soviet state, as well as the issues of the Soviet ethnic peripheries.