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Anthropology's Global HistoriesThe Ethnographic Frontier in German New Guinea, 1870-1935$
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Rainer F. Buschmann

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824831844

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824831844.001.0001

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Losing the Monopoly

Losing the Monopoly

(p.50) Chapter 3 Losing the Monopoly
Anthropology's Global Histories

Rainer F. Buschmann

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter explores how Felix von Luschan's African and Oceanic division at the Berlin Ethnological Museum met with resentment among other German anthropological institutions. Shortly after the turn of the century, Adolf Bastian's theoretical visions came under attack for their impracticalities. Similarly, Luschan's division within museum was blamed for maintaining a monopoly position among German institutions. Combining theoretical argument with an increasing ability to solicit local civic support for their efforts, museum officials in Hamburg, Stuttgart, and Leipzig soon outflanked Luschan in Berlin. Increasingly isolated, Luschan built upon the methodological innovations developed through his disagreements with commercial agents in German New Guinea.

Keywords:   Felix von Luschan, Berlin Ethnological Museum, German institutions, German New Guinea

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