Celtic Chiefdom, Celtic State: The Evolution of Complex Social Systems in Prehistoric Europe

Celtic Chiefdom, Celtic State: The Evolution of Complex Social Systems in Prehistoric Europe

by Bettina Arnold
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521585791

ISBN-13: 9780521585798

Pub. Date: 06/28/1999

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In this collection, archaeologists, historians, geographers and language specialists reexamine the structure and political development of Celtic states scattered across present-day Europe. The main theoretical focus is on whether and when state-level complexity was attained in the different Celtic settlements. The contributors also discuss and evaluate the various…  See more details below

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In this collection, archaeologists, historians, geographers and language specialists reexamine the structure and political development of Celtic states scattered across present-day Europe. The main theoretical focus is on whether and when state-level complexity was attained in the different Celtic settlements. The contributors also discuss and evaluate the various methods for studying Celtic social systems: the historical textual studies, as opposed to the analysis of the archaeological record, and the use of regional comparisons.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521585798
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Series:
New Directions in Archaeology Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.35(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: beyond the mists: forging an ethnological approach to Celtic studies Bettina Arnold, and D. Blair Gibson; Part I. Celtic Political Systems: Research Paradigms: 2. From chiefdom to state organization in Celtic Europe Patrice Brun; 3. Building an historical ecology of Gaulish polities Carole L. Crumley; 4. The early Celts of west central Europe: the semantics of social structure Franz Fischer; Part II. Recovering Iron Age Social Systems: 5. The material culture of social structure: rank and status in early Iron-Age Europe Bettina Arnold; 6. The significance of major settlements in European Iron Age society Olivier Büchsenschütz; 7. Early 'Celtic' socio-political relations: ideological representation and social competition in dynamic comparative perspective Michael Dietler; Part III. The Question of Statehood in La Téne Europe: 8. States without centres? The Middle La Tène period in temperate Europe John Collis; 9. Late Iron-Age society in Britain and north-east Europe: structural transformation or superficial change? Colin Haselgrove; 10. Settlement and social systems at the end of the Iron Age Peter S. Wells; Part IV. Evolution and Ethnohistory: the Protohistoric Polities of Gaul and the British Isles: 11. Modelling chiefdoms in the Scottish Highlands and islands prior to the '45 Robert A. Dodgshon; 12. Caesar's perception of Gallic social structures Sean B. Dunham; 13. Chiefdoms, confederacies, and statehood in early Ireland D. Blair Gibson; 14. Clans are not primordial: pre-Viking Irish society and the modelling of pre-Roman societies in northern Europe Nerys Thomas Patterson.

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