Aryan Idols: Indo-European Mythology as Ideology and Science by Stefan Arvidsson and Sonia Wichmann
English | 2006 | ISBN: 0226028607 | 183 double pages | PDF | 56 MB
Critically examining the discourse of Indo
-European scholarship over the past two hundred years, Aryan Idols demonstrates how the interconnected concepts of "Indo
-European" and "Aryan" as ethnic categories have been shaped by, and used for, various ideologies.
Stefan Arvidsson traces the evolution of the Aryan idea through the nineteenth century—from its roots in Bible-based classifications and William Jones's discovery of commonalities among Sanskrit, Latin, and Greek to its use by scholars in fields such as archaeology, anthropology, folklore, comparative religion, and history. Along the way, Arvidsson maps out the changing ways in which Aryans were imagined and relates such shifts to social, historical, and political processes. Considering the developments of the twentieth century, Arvidsson focuses on the adoption of Indo
-European scholarship (or pseudoscholarship) by the Nazis and by Fascist Catholics.