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

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Overview

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: 3/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

 

Elizabeth N. Arkush is research associate in the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

Mark W. Allen is associate professor of anthropology at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

 

 

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : archaeology and the study of war 1
2 The dimensions of war : conflict and culture change in central Arizona 23
3 Climate, chronology, and the course of war in the middle Missouri region of the North American Great Plains 66
4 The transformation of Mississippian warfare : four case studies from the mid-South 101
5 Prehistoric warfare in Palau 148
6 Transformations in Maori warfare : Toa, Pa, and Pu 184
7 Slavery and warfare in African chiefdoms 214
8 Warfare and the development of states in China 253
9 Collapse, conflict, conquest : the transformation of warfare in the late prehispanic Andean Highlands 286
10 From raiding to conquest : warfare strategies and early state development in Oaxaca, Mexico 336
11 From Laos to Mesoamerica : battlegrounds between superpowers 394
12 Warfare and the development of social complexity : some demographic and environmental factors 437
13 Archaeology, cultural anthropology, and the origins and intensifications of war 469
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