Alfred Louis Kroeber

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Kroeber, Alfred Louis


Born June 11, 1876, in Hoboken, N.J.; died Oct. 5, 1960, in Paris. American anthropologist, representative and theoretician of the historical school in American cultural anthropology.

Kroeber was a professor at the University of California from 1919 to 1946. His research, which was devoted mainly to American Indians, contains much factual material. Many of Kroeber’s works were written from an antievolutionist point of view. In his later years, Kroeber abandoned these views and adopted the concept of the progressive development of human society.


Cultural and Natural Areas of Native North America. Berkeley, 1939.
Anthropology. New York, 1948.
An Anthropologist Looks at History. Berkeley, 1963.


Sovremennaia amerikanskaia etnografiia : Teoreticheskie napravleniia i tendentsii. Moscow, 1963.
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