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Early Civilizations of the Old World : The Formative Histories of Egypt, The Levant, Mesopotamia, India and China - Charles Keith Maisels

Early Civilizations of the Old World

The Formative Histories of Egypt, The Levant, Mesopotamia, India and China

Hardcover Published: 25th February 1999
ISBN: 9780415109758
Number Of Pages: 480

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In this new paperback edition of Early Civilizations of the Old World, Charles Keith Maisels traces the development of some of the earliest and key civilizations in history. In each case the ecological and economic background to growth, geographical factors, cross-cultural intersection and the rise of urbanism are examined, explaining how particular forms of social structure and cultural interaction developed from before the Neolithic period to the time of the first civilizations in each area.
This volume challenges the traditional assumption of a band-tribe-chiefdom-state sequence and instead demonstrates that large complex societies can flourish without social classes and the state, as dramatically shown by the Indus civilization. Such features as the use of Childe's urban revolution theory as a means of comparison for each emerging civilization and the discussion of the emergence of archaeology as a scientific discipline, make Early Civilizations of the Old World a valuable, innovative and stimulating work.

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'Very few people have the necessary scholarship, courage and clarity of thought to range over such a dispersed and diverse ground as is covered in this book ... The author's ideas merit careful study' - British Archaeology

List of figures
List of tables
Preface and acknowledgements
How Does the Past Illuminate the Present?p. 1
Sema-Tawy: The Land of the Papyrus and Lotusp. 31
The Levant and Mesopotamiap. 80
The Indus/'Harappan'/Sarasvati Civilizationp. 186
The Central Kingdom, Zhong-Guop. 260
Conclusion: The Emergence of Social Complexityp. 342
The genealogical principlep. 360
Occupation, kinship and castep. 364
The Sumerian King List as a historical sourcep. 366
Notesp. 369
Bibliographyp. 389
Indexp. 447
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ISBN: 9780415109758
ISBN-10: 0415109752
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 25th February 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.54  x 3.68
Weight (kg): 1.06
Edition Number: 1