Understanding Early Civilizations
A Comparative Study
By (author) Bruce G. Trigger
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Understanding Early Civilizations by Bruce G. Trigger
Book DescriptionThis book offers the first detailed comparative study of the seven best-documented early civilizations: ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, Shang China, the Aztecs and adjacent peoples in the Valley of Mexico, the Classic Maya, the Inka, and the Yoruba. Unlike previous studies, equal attention is paid to similarities and differences in their sociopolitical organization, economic systems, religion, and culture. Many of this study's findings are surprising and provocative. Agricultural systems, technologies, and economic behaviour turn out to have been far more diverse than was expected. These findings and many others challenge not only current understandings of early civilizations but also the theoretical foundations of modern archaeology and anthropology. The key to understanding early civilizations lies not in their historical connections but in what they can tell us about similarities and differences in human behaviour.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521705455
(253mm x 177mm x 43mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 16-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Bruce G. Trigger
History of Archaeological Thought, Hardback (September 2006)
Bruce Trigger examines the history of archaeological thought from medieval times to the present in world-wide perspective.
Understanding Early Civilizations, Hardback (May 2003)
The first detailed comparative study of the seven best-documented early civilizations.
Sociocultural Evolution, Hardback (March 1998)
This study traces the development of the concept of sociocultural evolution, and relates how it is currently understood, and misunderstood, to the major political and cultural debates of the present day. It examines issues relating to neo-conservative socioeconomic policy and postmodernism.
Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas, Hardback (October 1996)» View all books by Bruce G. Trigger
This book provides the first comprehensive history of the Native Peoples of North America from their arrival in the western hemisphere to the present.
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Author Biography - Bruce G. Trigger
Bruce G. Trigger is James McGill Professor in the Department of Anthropology at McGill University. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University and has carried out archaeological research in Egypt and the Sudan. His current interests include the comparative study of early civilizations, the history of archaeology, and archaeological and anthropological theory. He has received various scholarly awards, including the prestigious Prix Leon-Gerin from the Quebec government, for his sustained contributions to the social sciences. He is an honorary fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and an honorary member of the Prehistoric Society (UK). His numerous books include The Children of Aataentsic: A History of the Huron People to 1660 (1976), A History of Archaeological Thought (Cambridge 1989), Early Civilizations: Ancient Egypt in Context (1993), and Sociocultural Evolution (1998), and The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas, Volume 1 (Cambridge 1996), co-edited with Wilcomb E. Washburn.
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