Order, Legitimacy, and Wealth in Ancient States / Edition 1

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In 1992 John Baines and Norman Yoffee published a seminal paper comparing the ancient states of Egypt and Mesopotamia. In it they discussed the key factors that were inherent within these ancient states and which influenced their further development: social and political power; order, legitimacy and hierarchy; culture and literature; monumentalism, and so on. Here, the Baines and Yoffee model is applied to a number of other ancient states in Mesoamerica, the Andes, the Indus Valley, China, Greece and, as in the original text, between Egypt and Mesopotamia. Contributors: Mary van Buren, Janet Richards, John Baines, Norman Yoffee, David O'Connor, Rosemary A Joyce, Jonathan Mark Kenoyer, Susan E Alcock, Bennet Bronson, Elizabeth E Brumfiel.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521776714
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: New Directions in Archaeology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 177
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Order, Legitimacy, and Wealth in Ancient States: 1. Introduction: ideology, wealth, and the comparative study of 'civilizations' Mary Van Buren and Janet Richards; 2. Order, legitimacy, and wealth: setting the terms John Baines and Norman Yoffee; Part II. Civilizations in Comparative Perspective: 3. Society and individual in Early Egypt David O'Connor; 4. Modified order, responsive legitimacy, redistributed wealth: Egypt, 2260-1650 BC Janet Richards; 5. Law courts and the mediation of social conflict in ancient Mesopotamia Norman Yoffee; 6. High culture, Mesoamerican civilization, and the classic Maya tradition Rosemary A. Joyce; 7. Political fragmentation and ideological continuity in the Andean highlands Mary Van Buren; 8. Wealth and socio-economic hierarchies of the Indus Valley civilization Jonathan Mark Kenoyer; 9. Classical order, alternative orders, and the uses of nostalgia Susan E. Alcock; 10. Order, legitimacy, and wealth in ancient China Bennet Bronson; Part III. Conclusions: 11. The politics of high culture: issues of worth and rank Elizabeth M. Brumfiel.

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