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After collapse : the regeneration of complex societies

Author: John J Nichols; Glenn M Schwartz; Society for American Archaeology. Annual Meeting
Publisher: Tucson : University of Arizona Press, 2010, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Conference publication : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the Euphrates Valley to the southern Peruvian Andes, early complex societies have risen and fallen, but in some cases they have also been reborn. Prior archaeological investigation of these societies has focused primarily on emergence and collapse. This is the first book-length work to examine the question of how and why early complex urban societies reappeared after periods of decentralization and collapse.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
After collapse.
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, 2010
(OCoLC)641956897
Material Type: Conference publication, Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John J Nichols; Glenn M Schwartz; Society for American Archaeology. Annual Meeting
ISBN: 9780816521203 0816521204 0816529361 9780816529360 1299191746 9781299191747
OCLC Number: 802047649
Language Note: English.
Notes: Papers presented at a symposium held during the Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Milwaukee, April 2003.
Description: 1 online resource (vi, 289 pages)
Contents: 1. From Collapse to Regeneration --
Glenn M. Schwartz; 2. The Demise and Regeneration of Bronze Age Urban Centers in the Euphrates Valley of Syria --
Lisa Cooper; 3. Amorites, Onagers, and Social Reorganization in Middle Bronze Age Syria --
John J. Nichols and Jill A. Weber; 4. "Lo, Nobles Lament, the Poor Rejoice": State Formation in the Wake of Social Flux --
Ellen Morris; 5. The Collapse and Regeneration of Complex Society in Greece, 1500-500 BC --
Ian Morris; 6. Inca State Origins: Collapse and Regeneration in the Southern Peruvian Andes --
Gordon F. McEwan. 7. Regeneration as Transformation: Post collapse Society in Nasca, Peru --
Christina A. Conlee 8. After State Collapse: How Tumilaca Communities Developed in the Upper Moquegua Valley, Peru --
Kenny Sims; 9. Patterns of Political Regeneration in Southeast and East Asia --
Bennet Bronson; 10. From Funan to Angkor: Collapse and Regeneration in Ancient Cambodia --
Miriam T. Stark; 11. Framing the Maya Collapse: Continuity, Discontinuity, Method, and Practice in the Classic to Post classic Southern Maya Lowlands --
Diane Z. Chase and Arlen F. Chase. 12. Post classic Maya Society Regenerated at Mayapán --
Marilyn A. Masson, Timothy S. Hare, and Carlos Peraza Lope 13. Before and After Collapse: Reflections on the Regeneration of Social Complexity --
Alan L. Kolata; 14. Notes on Regeneration --
Norman Yoffee; References; About the Editors; About the Contributors; Index.
Responsibility: edited by Glenn M. Schwartz and John J. Nichols.

Abstract:

From the Euphrates Valley to the southern Peruvian Andes, early complex societies have risen and fallen, but in some cases they have also been reborn. Prior archaeological investigation of these societies has focused primarily on emergence and collapse. This is the first book-length work to examine the question of how and why early complex urban societies reappeared after periods of decentralization and collapse. Ranging widely across the Near East, the Aegean, East Asia, Mesoamerica, and the Andes, these cross-cultural studies expand our understanding of social evolution by examining how societies were transformed during the period of radical change now termed "collapse." They seek to discover how societal complexity reemerged, how second-generation states formed, and how these re-emergent states resembled or differed from the complex societies that preceded them. The contributors draw on material culture as well as textual and ethnohistoric data to consider such factors as preexistent institutions, structures, and ideologies that are influential in regeneration; economic and political resilience; the role of social mobility, marginal groups, and peripheries; and ethnic change. In addition to presenting a number of theoretical viewpoints, the contributors propose reasons why regeneration sometimes does not occur after collapse. A concluding contribution by Norman Yoffee provides a critical exegesis of "collapse" and highlights important patterns found in the case histories related to peripheral regions and secondary elites, and to the ideology of statecraft. After Collapse blazes new research trails in both archaeology and the study of social change, demonstrating that the archaeological record often offers more clues to the "dark ages" that precede regeneration than do text-based studies. It opens up a new window on the past by shifting the focus away from the rise and fall of ancient civilizations to their often more telling fall and rise.

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