The Chinese Neolithic
Trajectories to Early States
By (author) Li Liu
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Chinese Neolithic by Li Liu
Book DescriptionThis book studies the formation of complex societies in prehistoric China during the Neolithic and early state periods, c. 7000-1500 BC. Archaeological materials are interpreted through anthropological perspectives, using systematic analytic methods in settlement and burial patterns. Both agency and process are considered in the development of chiefdoms and in the emergence of early states in the Yellow River region. Interrelationships between factors such as mortuary practice, craft specialization, ritual activities, warfare, exchange of elite goods, climatic fluctuations, and environmental changes are emphasized. This study offers a critical evaluation of current archaeological data from Chinese sources, and argues that, although some general tendencies are noted, social changes were affected by multiple factors in no pre-determined sequence. In this most comprehensive study to date, Li Liu attempts to reconstruct developmental trajectories toward early states in Chinese civilization and discusses theoretical implications of Chinese archaeology for the understanding of social evolution.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521010641
(247mm x 174mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 3-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Li Liu
Archaeology of China, Paperback (April 2012)
This book explores the roles of agricultural development and advancing social complexity in the processes of state formation in China.
Chinese Neolithic, Hardback (January 2005)
Examination of the transformation of chiefdom societies in Neolithic China drawing on detailed archaeological data.
State Formation in Early China, Paperback (October 2003)» View all books by Li Liu
A study that makes use of an interdisciplinary approach to challenge traditional theories of state formation in China and promote debate on early Chinese history. Analyzing data from archaeology, geology, cultural geography and more, the authors show what drove the dynamics of state formation.
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Author Biography - Li Liu
Li Liu is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at La Trobe University. She has published various articles on the Chinese Neolithic and is the author of State Formation in Early China (with Xingcan Chen) (Duckworth, 2003).
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