Ancient Middle Niger by Roderick J. McIntosh
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Ancient Middle Niger
By Roderick J. McIntosh

Ancient Middle Niger

Urbanism and the Self-organizing Landscape

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Ancient Middle Niger by Roderick J. McIntosh

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The 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 Details

ISBN: 9780521813006
ISBN-10: 052181300X
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Pages: 278
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 29-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Ancient Middle Niger by 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 by Roderick J. McIntosh Way the Wind Blows, Paperback (August 2000)

Experts in a variety of disciplines in the natural and social sciences--including geology, climatology, history, and anthropology--consider such topics as the dynamics of climate, human perceptions of and responses to the environment, and issues of sustainability and resiliency.

Peoples of the Middle Niger by Roderick J. McIntosh Peoples of the Middle Niger, Hardback (August 1998)

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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