Understanding early civilizations : a comparative study (Audiobook on CD, 2003) [WorldCat.org]
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Understanding early civilizations : a comparative study

Author: Bruce G Trigger
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English
Summary:
This book offers the first detailed comparative study of the seven early civilizations: ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, Shang China, the Aztecs and adjacent peoples in the Valley of Mexico, the Classic Maya, the Inka, and the Yoruba ... Equal attention is paid to similarities and differences in their sociopolitical organization, economic systems, religion, and culture.-Dust jacket.
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Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce G Trigger
OCLC Number: 52690437
Notes: Originally published: Cambridge, UK; New York : Cambridge University Press, ©2003.
Description: 1 audio disc ; 4 3/4 in.
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; 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.

Abstract:

This book offers the first detailed comparative study of the seven early civilizations: ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, Shang China, the Aztecs and adjacent peoples in the Valley of Mexico, the Classic Maya, the Inka, and the Yoruba ... Equal attention is paid to similarities and differences in their sociopolitical organization, economic systems, religion, and culture.-Dust jacket.

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