Bronze Age Economics
The First Political Economies
By (author) Timothy K. Earle
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Bronze Age Economics by Timothy K. Earle
Book DescriptionThis integrated collection of new and newly revised essays by archaeologist Timothy Earle represents both a personal journey and a growing synthesis of how political economies emerged in human societies. Drawing in detail on the cases of chiefdoms in Hawaii, the Andes, and Denmark, Bronze Age Economics documents how intensification of economies, surplus mobilization, and controlled distribution of both staple and prestige goods fundamentally drove the political evolutionary processes that prefigured states. Representing as it does the trajectory of Earle's lifework, this book fairly encapsulates the history of processual archaeology and social evolutionary theory over the past quarter century.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780813338774
(229mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 27-Feb-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Timothy K. Earle
Organizing Bronze Age Societies, Paperback (August 2010)
In-depth, comparative study of household economy and settlement in three Bronze Age micro-regions: the Mediterranean, Central Europe, and Northern Europe.
Specialization, Exchange and Complex Societies, Paperback (November 2008)
This book, a comparative study of specialised production in prehistoric societies, examines approaches to specialization and exchange.
Chiefdoms, Paperback (April 1993)» View all books by Timothy K. Earle
These eleven case studies of different chiefdoms examine how ruling elites retain and legitimize their power.
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Author Biography - Timothy K. Earle
Timothy Earle is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at Northwestern and was formerly Professor of Anthropology at UCLA. In addition to numerous edited volumes, his authored books include How Chiefs Came to Power (1997),Chiefdoms: Power, Economy, and Ideology (1991), The Evolution of Human Societies: From Forager Group to Agrarian State (with A Johnson, 1987), Exchange Systems in Prehistory (1977). Earle is a current member of the Executive Committee of the AAA.
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