Ancient Middle Niger
Urbanism and the Self-organizing Landscape
By (author) Roderick J. McIntosh
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Ancient Middle Niger by Roderick J. McIntosh
Book DescriptionThe cities of West Africa's Middle Niger, only recently brought to the world's attention, make us rethink the 'whys' and the 'wheres' of ancient urbanism. The cities of the Middle Niger present the archaeologist with something of a novelty; a non-nucleated, clustered city-plan with no centralized, state-focused power. Ancient Middle Niger explores the emergence of these cities in the first millennium B.C. and the evolution of their hinterlands from the perspective of the self-organized landscape. Cities appeared in a series of profound transforms to the human-land relations and this book illustrates how each transform was a leap in complexity. The book ends with an examination of certain critical moments in the emergence of other urban landscapes in Mesopotamia, along the Nile, and in northern China, through a Middle Niger lens. Highly-illustrated throughout, this work is a key text for all students of African archaeology and of comparative pre-industrial urbanism.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521813006
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 29-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Roderick J. McIntosh
Ancient Middle Niger, Paperback (September 2005)
Survey of the emergence of the ancient urban civilization of Middle Niger.
Way the Wind Blows, Paperback (August 2000)
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Peoples of the Middle Niger, Hardback (August 1998)» View all books by Roderick J. McIntosh
This book provides the first comprehensive history of the peoples of the Middle Niger written by an English--speaking scholar.
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Author Biography - Roderick J. McIntosh
Roderick J. McIntosh is Professor of Anthropology at Rice University and visiting Professor of Archaeology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. His recent publications include The Peoples of Middle Niger: Island of Gold (1998), The Way the Wind Blows: Climate, History, and Human Action (2000) and Geomorphology and Human Palaeoecology of the Mema, Mali (2005).
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