The Chinese Neolithic: Trajectories to Early States

The Chinese Neolithic: Trajectories to Early States

by Li Liu, Clive Gamble, Wendy Ashmore, Colin Renfrew
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521811848

ISBN-13: 9780521811842

Pub. Date: 01/31/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The Yellow River valley of China, during the period ca. 7000-1500, saw the transformation of egalitarian societies into stratified chiefdoms giving rise to early states. This book examines that transformation, emphasizing the interplay of many factors affecting these processes, such as climatic fluctuation, population movements, inter-group competition, warfare,

Overview

The Yellow River valley of China, during the period ca. 7000-1500, saw the transformation of egalitarian societies into stratified chiefdoms giving rise to early states. This book examines that transformation, emphasizing the interplay of many factors affecting these processes, such as climatic fluctuation, population movements, inter-group competition, warfare, and long-distance exchange of valuables.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521811842
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/31/2005
Series:
New Studies in Archaeology Series
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
7.01(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; List of tables; Preface; 1. Setting the scene; 2. The changing environmental contexts of China's first complex societies; 3. Household subsistence and ritual; 4. Spatial organization and social relations in communities; 5. Community burial patterns; 6. Development and decline of complex societies in the Central Plains; 7. Development and decline of social complexity beyond the Central Plains; 8. Trajectories toward early states; 9. Reconstructing social processes; Notes; Appendixes; References; Index.

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