This book recounts the rich, complex history of a landmark hub of culture and reflection on humankind, from the creation of the Palais du Trocadéro in 1878 to the renovated Musée de l’Homme of 2015.
Philosopher and historian of science Claude Blanckaert has gathered the top specialists to retrace the history of the museum, its socio-historic and cultural context, and its intellectual pursuits and achievements, without sparing its conflicts or periods of inertia.
Together they weave the story of an institution, the emergence of disciplines focused on human beings, and the individual men and women involved. Archival photos, most previously unpublished, complete the picture.
Le Musée de l’Homme
Histoire d’un musée laboratoire
Edited by de Claude Blanckaert
Foreward by d'Yves Coppens
Éditions Artlys / Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle