V. (Vere) Gordon Childe

Childe, Vere Gordon

Vere Gordon Childe, 1892–1957, British archaeologist, b. Australia. An Oxford graduate, he taught at the Univ. of Edinburgh (1927–46) and the Univ. of London (1946–56). He gained renown for his monumental synthesis of European prehistory, The Dawn of European Civilization (1925, 6th ed. 1957), and The Prehistory of European Society (1958). His studies in Asian archaeology led him to advance the concepts of the agricultural and urban revolutions in New Light on the Most Ancient East (1929, rev. ed. 1953). His interpretation of human history is put forth in two popular works, Man Makes Himself (1937, rev. ed. 1951) and What Happened in History (1942).

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V. (Vere) Gordon Childe: Selected full-text books and articles

The Bronze Age By V. Gordon Childe Biblo and Tannen, 1930
New Light on the Most Ancient East By V. Gordon Childe Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1952
A Short Introduction to Archaeology By V. G. Childe Frederick Muller, 1956
Ancient Civilizations: The Near East and Mesoamerica By C. C. Lamberg-Karlovsky; Jeremy A. Sabloff Benjamin/Cummings, 1979
Librarian’s tip: "Childe's Contribution to Theory" begins on p. 30
Marx's Ghost: Conversations with Archaeologists By Thomson C. Patterson Berg, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "V. Gordon Childe and the Opening Dialogue"
Contemporary Archaeology: A Guide to Theory and Contributions By Mark P. Leone Southern Illinois University Press, 1972
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "The Urban Revolution"
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