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Understanding early civilizations : a comparative study

Author: Bruce G Trigger
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"Arising independently in various parts of the world, early civilizations--the first class-based societies in human history--are of importance to social scientists interested in the development of complexity, while their cultural productions fascinate both humanists and the general public. This book offers the first detailed comparative study of the seven most fully documented early civilizations: ancient Egypt and  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce G Trigger
ISBN: 9780521705455 0521705452 9780521822459 0521822459
OCLC Number: 173151855
Notes: Originally published in 2003.
Description: xiii, 757 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction. Rationalism and relativism --
Comparative studies --
Defining 'early civilization' --
Evidence and interpretation --
Sociopolitical Organization. Kingship --
States : city and territorial --
Urbanism --
Class systems and social mobility --
Family organization and gender roles --
Administration --
Law --
Military organization --
Sociopolitical constants and variables --
Economy. Food production --
Land ownership --
Trade and craft specialization --
Appropriation of wealth --
Economic constants and variables --
Cognitive and Symbolic Aspects. Conceptions of the supernatural --
Cosmology and cosmogony --
Cult --
Priests, festivals, and the politics of the supernatural --
The individual and the universe --
Elite art and architecture --
Literacy and specialized knowledge --
Values and personal aspirations --
Cultural constants and variables --
Discussion. Culture and reason.
Responsibility: Bruce G. Trigger.
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A detailed comparative study of the seven best-documented early civilizations: ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, Shang China, the Aztecs, peoples in the Valley of Mexico, the Classic Maya, the Inka, and  Read more...

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