The Archaeology of Warfare: Prehistories of Raiding and Conquest / Edition 1

The Archaeology of Warfare: Prehistories of Raiding and Conquest / Edition 1

by Elizabeth N. Arkush
     
 

These essays explore the development of warfare in preindustrial, non-Western societies, addressing why some societies fight endemic wars while others do not and how frequent warfare affects the basic choices people make about where to live, whom to fight, on whom to confer power, and how to form social groups.

Archaeological research dispels the myth of a

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These essays explore the development of warfare in preindustrial, non-Western societies, addressing why some societies fight endemic wars while others do not and how frequent warfare affects the basic choices people make about where to live, whom to fight, on whom to confer power, and how to form social groups.

Archaeological research dispels the myth of a peaceful past and demonstrates the sobering fact that war played a greater role in human prehistory than previously thought. These detailed regional case studies from leading archaeologists show the inextricable web of warfare and other social institutions and highlight their complex co-evolution in pre-state and early state societies.

The volume includes chapters on the pre-Columbian cultures of North America of the last millennium, the origins of statehood in Mesoamerica and Neolithic China, a centuries-long sequence of warfare in Andean South America, warring peoples of Oceania, and East African cultures devastated by the slave trade. In addition, the contributors offer new insights into how to study warfare in the past and point toward new directions in this field. 

 

 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813032849
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
560
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.80(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction : archaeology and the study of war1
2The dimensions of war : conflict and culture change in central Arizona23
3Climate, chronology, and the course of war in the middle Missouri region of the North American Great Plains66
4The transformation of Mississippian warfare : four case studies from the mid-South101
5Prehistoric warfare in Palau148
6Transformations in Maori warfare : Toa, Pa, and Pu184
7Slavery and warfare in African chiefdoms214
8Warfare and the development of states in China253
9Collapse, conflict, conquest : the transformation of warfare in the late prehispanic Andean Highlands286
10From raiding to conquest : warfare strategies and early state development in Oaxaca, Mexico336
11From Laos to Mesoamerica : battlegrounds between superpowers394
12Warfare and the development of social complexity : some demographic and environmental factors437
13Archaeology, cultural anthropology, and the origins and intensifications of war469

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