From Leaders to Rulers / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
Ten essays that originated in a conference workshop held in Chicago in 1997, explore how and why leaders emerge within egalitarian societies, how they increase their power and go on to rule states and empires. Two of the early chapters take theoretical stances whilst the rest compare trends through a series of case studies focusing on southeast Spain, Europe, Denmark, Peru, Hawaii and South America.
Table of Contents
I: Introduction. 1. Cultural Evolution and Political Centralization; J. Haas. 2. Communication, Holism, and the Evolution of Sociopolitical Complexity; C.L. Crumley.
II: The Emergence of Leaders. 3. The Origins of Centralization: Changing Features of Local and Regional Control during the Rio Grande Classic Period, A.D. 1325-1540; W. Creamer. 4. Assessing Political Development in Copper and Bronze Age Southeast Spain; A. Gilman.
III: Leaders to Rulers. 5. Rulers and Warriors: Symbolic Transmission and Social Transformation in Bronze Age Europe; K. Kristiansen. 6. Institutionalization of Chiefdoms: Why Landscapes Are Built; T.K. Earle. 7. Cosmology and the Institutionalization of Hierarchy in the Maya Region; P.A. McAnany.
IV: Rulers in Power. 8. Mesoamerican Political Complexity: The Corporate/Network Dimension; G.M. Feinman. 9. Understanding the Timing and Tempo of the Evolution of Political Centralization on the Central Andean Coastline and Beyond; B.R. Billman. 10. 'Who Was King? Who was NOT King?' Social Group Composition and Competition in Early Mesopotamian State Societies; G. Stein.
V: Conclusion. 11. Nonlinear Paths of Political Centralization; J. Haas.