Europe before History

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An overview of the societies of the European Bronze Age which offers solutions to the apparent paradoxes of a prehistoric world in which state formation did not develop and where there was a lack of economic and political diversity, yet different areas produced finely detailed and decorative artefacts and participated in Europe-wide trade networks. Although Kristiansen's writing style is occasionally stilted, this is a minor criticism of a book which, as a whole, is one of the most coherent and comprehensive of its type in recent times.
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"Students will welcome this book about the Iron Age of Europe and the way it uniquely incorporates chapters on the Late Bronze Age urnfield cultures, which in many ways foreshadow developments in the Iron Age." Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521784368
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Series: New Studies in Archaeology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 540
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Background to the inquiry; 2. Background to the archaeology; 3. Theoretical context; 4. Regional systems: the social and cultural landscape in Europe in the Late Bronze Age, 1100-750 BC; 5. Regional divergence: the Mediterranean and Europe in the 9th-8th centuries BC; 6. The new economic axis: Central Europe and the Mediterranean 750-450 BC; 7. Transformation and expansion: the Celtic movement, 450-150 BC; 8. The emergence of the European world system in the Bronze Age and Early Iron Age: Europe in the 1st and 2nd millennia BC.

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