"The Emergence of Civilization" is a major contribution to our understanding of the development of urban culture and social stratification in the Near Eastern region. Charles Maisels argues that present assumptions about state formation, based on 19th-century speculations, are markedly inaccurate. His investigation illuminates the changes in scale, complexity and hierarchy which usually accompany the development of civilization. Maisels furthermore makes conclusions about the dynamics of social change and the processes of social evolution in general, applying those concepts to the rise of Greece and Rome, and to the collapse of the classical Mediterranean world.
"A fascinating exposition of a new approach to explain the emergence of civilization in the Tigris-Euphrates valley. Coming from an anthropological perspective, Maisels provides a wide-ranging and penetrating analysis of the developmental process which brought agriculture, towns, and cities into being."
-"Religious Studies Review
Series: From Hunting and Gathering to Agriculture, Cities and the St
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: December 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88
Weight (kg): 0.66
Edition Number: 1