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Chinese Neolithic Trajectories to Early States

ISBN-10: 0521811848

ISBN-13: 9780521811842

Edition: 2004

Authors: Li Liu, Wendy Ashmore, Clive Gamble, John O'Shea, Colin Renfrew

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This book studies the formation of complex societies in prehistoric China during the Neolithic and early state periods, ca. 7000-1500 BC. Archaeological materials are interpreted through anthropological perspectives, using systematic analytic methods in settlement and burial patterns. Both agency and process are considered in the development of chiefdoms and in the emergence of early states in the Yellow River region. Interrelationships between factors such as mortuary practice, craft specialization, ritual activities, warfare, exchange of elite goods, climatic fluctuations, and environmental changes are emphasised. This study offers a critical evaluation of current archaeological data from Chinese sources, and argues that, although some general tendencies are noted, social changes were affected by multiple factors in no pre-determined sequence. In this most comprehensive study to date, Li Liu attempts to reconstruct developmental trajectories toward early states in Chinese civilization and discusses theoretical implications of Chinese archaeology for the understanding of social evolution.
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Book details

List price: $155.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/6/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 330
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

List of illustrations
List of tables
Preface
Setting the scene
The changing environmental contexts of China's first complex societies
Household subsistence and ritual
Spatial organization and social relations in communities
Community burial patterns
Development and decline of complex societies in the Central Plains
Development and decline of social complexity beyond the Central Plains
Trajectories toward early states
Reconstructing social processes
Notes
Appendixes
References
Index