Archaic States

ISBN-10: 0933452993
ISBN-13: 9780933452992
Edition: 1998
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Description: One of the most challenging problems facing contemporary archaeology concerns the operation and diversity of ancient states. This volume addresses how ancient states were structured and how they operated, an understanding of which is key to our  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: School for Advanced Research Press/SAR Press
Publication date: 11/15/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

One of the most challenging problems facing contemporary archaeology concerns the operation and diversity of ancient states. This volume addresses how ancient states were structured and how they operated, an understanding of which is key to our ability to interpret a state's rise or fall. Archaic States presents new comparative studies of early states in the Old and New Worlds and identifies important avenues for research and discussion in the decades ahead. Among the themes addressed are the scale, size, and organization of ancient states; state typologies and corporate political economy; the ground plans of buildings in archaic states; strategies of state expansion; the incorporation of autonomous polities in the state and their subsequent governance; evidence of order, legitimacy, and wealth; warfare and status rivalry; and the political and social complexity of states. With essays on the Near East, India and Pakistan, Egypt, Mesoamerica, and the Andes.

Joyce Marcus is Robert L. Carneiro Distinguished University Professor of Social Evolution and Curator, Latin American Archaeology, Museum of Anthropology, at the University of Michigan.

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface
Introduction
The Ground Plans of Archaic States
The Peaks and Valleys of Ancient States: An Extension of the Dynamic Model
Scale and Social Organization: Perspectives on the Archaic State
Beyond Centralization: Steps Toward a Theory of Egalitarian Behavior in Archaic States
Uruk States in Southwestern Iran
Order, Legitimacy, and Wealth in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia
Sociocultural Complexity Without the State: The Indus Civilization
Inka Strategies of Incorporation and Governance
Warfare and Status Rivalry: Lowland Maya and Polynesian Comparisons
References
Index

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