Myths of the Archaic State: Evolution of the Earliest Cities, States, and Civilizations

Myths of the Archaic State: Evolution of the Earliest Cities, States, and Civilizations

by Norman Yoffee
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521521564

ISBN-13: 9780521521567

Pub. Date: 12/15/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Classical archaeology promotes the view that a state's evolution reflects general, universal forces. Norman Yoffee challenges the model in this book by presenting more complex and multi-linear models for the evolution of civilizations. Yoffee questions the definition of the prehistoric state, particularly that which heralds "the chiefdom" as the forerunner of the

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Classical archaeology promotes the view that a state's evolution reflects general, universal forces. Norman Yoffee challenges the model in this book by presenting more complex and multi-linear models for the evolution of civilizations. Yoffee questions the definition of the prehistoric state, particularly that which heralds "the chiefdom" as the forerunner of the ancient state and explores case studies on the role of women in ancient societies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521521567
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/15/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

1. Evolution of a factoid; 2. Dimensions of power in the earliest states; 3. The meaning of cities in the earliest states and civilizations; 4. When complexity was simplified; 5. Identity and agency in early states: case studies; 6. The collapse of ancient states and civilizations; 7. Social evolutionary trajectories; 8. New rules of the game; 9. Altered states: the evolution of history.

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