Europe Before History
By (author) Kristian Kristiansen
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Europe Before History by Kristian Kristiansen
Book DescriptionThe societies of the European Bronze Age produced elaborate artifacts and were drawn into a wide trade network extending over the whole of Europe, even though they were economically and politically undiversified. Kristian Kristansen attempts to explain this paradox using a world-systems analysis, and in particular tries to acount for the absence of state formation. He presents his case with a powerful marshalling of the evidence across the whole of Europe and over two millennia. The result is the most coherent overview of this period of European prehistory since the writings of Gordon Childe and Christopher Hawkes. A great strength of this book is the broad European perspective, which allows the author to address some of the larger questions that have been raised in the study of the Bronze Age. It captures the complexity of a prehistorical world at different levels of integration and interaction from local to global.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521784368
(247mm x 174mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 2-Dec-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Kristian Kristiansen
Organizing Bronze Age Societies, Hardback (August 2010)
In-depth, comparative study of household economy and settlement in three Bronze Age micro-regions: the Mediterranean, Central Europe, and Northern Europe.
Centre and Periphery in the Ancient World, Paperback (April 2009)
This collaborative volume is concerned with long-term social change.
Rise of Bronze Age Society, Paperback (December 2005)» View all books by Kristian Kristiansen
This 2005 book presents a significant interpretation of the social transformation in Bronze Age Europe.
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