The Archaeology of City-States: Cross-Cultural Approaches

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Contending that the city-state was a significant cross-cultural regularity that developed among geographically and historically separated civilizations, fifteen prominent archaeologists and historians explore the emergence, structure, and function of city-states in Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus Valley, China, Greece, Okinawa, the Maya Lowlands, central Mexico, the coast of Peru, and the Andes. The contributors discuss area and population size, settlement patterns, economic organization, political systems, and ...
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Contending that the city-state was a significant cross-cultural regularity that developed among geographically and historically separated civilizations, fifteen prominent archaeologists and historians explore the emergence, structure, and function of city-states in Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus Valley, China, Greece, Okinawa, the Maya Lowlands, central Mexico, the coast of Peru, and the Andes. The contributors discuss area and population size, settlement patterns, economic organization, political systems, and duration.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781560987222
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House Llc
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Series: Smithsonian Series in Archaeological Inquiry
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 8.42 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Contributors
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 The City-State Concept: Development and Applications 1
2 City-States and Their Centers: The Mesopotamian Example 15
3 City-States, Nation-States, and Territorial States: The Problem of Egypt 27
4 Early City-States in South Asia: Comparing the Harappan Phase and Early Historic Period 51
5 The City-State in Ancient China 71
6 An Archaeology of Equalities? The Greek City-States 91
7 City-State Dynamics through a Greek Lens 107
8 The Chuzan Kingdom of Okinawa as a City-State 119
9 City-States of the Maya 135
10 The Archaeological Signature of Complexity in the Maya Lowlands 155
11 Diachronic Studies of City-States: Permutations on a Theme - Central Mexico from 1700 B.C. to A.D. 1600 169
12 When Is a City-State? Archaeological Measures of Aztec City-States and Aztec City-State Systems 209
13 Early State Formation on the North Coast of Peru: A Critique of the City-State Model 229
14 Of Kings and Capitals: Principles of Authority and the Nature of Cities in the Native Andean State 245
15 The Obvious and the Chimerical: City-States in Archaeological Perspective 255
References 265
Index 329
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