Archaic States / Edition 1

Archaic States / Edition 1

by Gary M. Feinman, John Baines, Joyce Marcus, Norman Yoffee
     
 

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… See more details below

Overview

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.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780933452992
Publisher:
School for Advanced Research Press
Publication date:
11/15/1998
Series:
Advanced Seminar Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
427
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface
1Introduction3
2The Ground Plans of Archaic States15
3The Peaks and Valleys of Ancient States: An Extension of the Dynamic Model59
4Scale and Social Organization: Perspectives on the Archaic State95
5Beyond Centralization: Steps Toward a Theory of Egalitarian Behavior in Archaic States135
6Uruk States in Southwestern Iran173
7Order, Legitimacy, and Wealth in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia199
8Sociocultural Complexity Without the State: The Indus Civilization261
9Inka Strategies of Incorporation and Governance293
10Warfare and Status Rivalry: Lowland Maya and Polynesian Comparisons311
References353
Index421

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >