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The Emergence of Civilization : From Hunting and Gathering to Agriculture, Cities and the State in the Near East :  From Hunting and Gathering to Agriculture, Cities and the State in the Near East - Charles Keith Maisels

The Emergence of Civilization : From Hunting and Gathering to Agriculture, Cities and the State in the Near East

From Hunting and Gathering to Agriculture, Cities and the State in the Near East

Paperback Published: December 1993
ISBN: 9780415096591
Number Of Pages: 416

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"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

Glossary of Some Physical Termsp. xii
Acknowledgementsp. xiv
Preliminaryp. xv
Introductionp. 1
The Premisses of Social Successionp. 16
The Ecology of the Zagrosian Arcp. 45
The Origin and Growth of Villagesp. 78
The Heartland of Citiesp. 131
The Institutions of Urbanismp. 154
Theories of the Statep. 199
From Status to Statep. 221
Modelling Societies: Modes of Productionp. 262
Ideology and Political Economy of the Mesopotamian Statep. 275
Summary and Overviewp. 290
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Notesp. 326
Bibliographyp. 337
Indexp. 384
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ISBN: 9780415096591
ISBN-10: 0415096596
Series: From Hunting and Gathering to Agriculture, Cities and the St
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: December 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.98 x 16.15  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 1