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Celtic Chiefdom, Celtic State : The Evolution of Complex Social Systems in Prehistoric Europe - Bettina Arnold

Celtic Chiefdom, Celtic State

The Evolution of Complex Social Systems in Prehistoric Europe

By: Bettina Arnold (Editor), D. Blair Gibson (Editor)

Paperback Published: 25th May 1998
ISBN: 9780521585798
Number Of Pages: 172

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In this collection, archaeologists, historians, geographers and language specialists reexamine the structure and political development of Celtic states scattered across present-day Europe. The main theoretical focus is on whether and when state-level complexity was attained in the different Celtic settlements. The contributors also discuss and evaluate the various methods for studying Celtic social systems: the historical textual studies, as opposed to the analysis of the archaeological record, and the use of regional comparisons.

"This stimulating book deserves to be read widely outside of 'Europeanist' circles." Bernard Wailes, American Anthropologist

Introduction: beyond the mists: forging an ethnological approach to Celtic studies
Celtic Political Systems: Research Paradigms
From chiefdom to state organization in Celtic Europe Patrice
Building an historical ecology of Gaulish polities
The early Celts of west central Europe: the semantics of social structure
Recovering Iron Age Social Systems
The material culture of social structure: rank and status in early Iron-Age Europe
The significance of major settlements in European Iron Age society
Early 'Celtic' socio-political relations: ideological representation and social competition in dynamic comparative perspective
The Question of Statehood in La Tene Europe
States without centres? The Middle La Tene period in temperate Europe John Collis
Late Iron-Age society in Britain and north-east Europe: structural transformation or superficial change?
Settlement and social systems at the end of the Iron Age
Evolution and Ethnohistory: the Protohistoric Polities of Gaul and the British Isles
Modelling chiefdoms in the Scottish Highlands and islands prior to the '45
Caesar's perception of Gallic social structures
Chiefdoms, confederacies, and statehood in early
Clans are not primordial: pre-Viking Irish society and the modelling of pre-Roman societies in northern Europe
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ISBN: 9780521585798
ISBN-10: 0521585791
Series: New Directions in Archaeology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 172
Published: 25th May 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 18.9  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.3