From Leaders to Rulers / Edition 1

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What is the role of leadership in society? Why do people surrender their political autonomy to the decision-making authority of leaders and rulers? Why do people follow the commands of their leaders? Who gets to be king/chief/emperor and why? Why are some societies centralized while others are not? The papers in this volume draw on the archaeological record of societies from around the world to address these critical issues in contemporary social science.

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"[...]contains nine high-quality essays by well-known archaeologists, who discuss considerable amounts of data from various regions in the world and attendant literature on the interpretation of cultural sequences and social/political change."
(Journal of Anthropological Research, 58, 2002)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306464218
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Series: Fundamental Issues in Archaeology Series
  • Edition description: 2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Cultural Evolution and Political Centralization 3
Ch. 2 Communication, Holism, and the Evolution of Sociopolitical Complexity 19
Ch. 3 The Origins of Centralization: Changing Features of Local and Regional Control during the Rio Grande Classic Period, ad 1325-1540 37
Ch. 4 Assessing Political Development in Copper and Bronze Age Southeast Spain 59
Ch. 5 Rulers and Warriors: Symbolic Transmission and Social Transformation in Bronze Age Europe 85
Ch. 6 Institutionalization of Chiefdoms: Why Landscapes Are Built 105
Ch. 7 Cosmology and the Institutionalization of Hierarchy in the Maya Region 125
Ch. 8 Mesoamerican Political Complexity: The Corporate-Network Dimension 151
Ch. 9 Understanding the Timing and Tempo of the Evolution of Political Centralization on the Central Andean Coastline and Beyond 177
Ch. 10 "Who Was King? Who Was Not King?" Social Group Composition and Competition in Early Mesopotamian State Societies 205
Ch. 11 Nonlinear Paths of Political Centralization 235
References 245
Index 283
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