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Archaic State Interaction. The Eastern Mediterranean in the Bronze Age

Archaic State Interaction. The Eastern Mediterranean in the Bronze Age
  • City: Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Year: 2010
  • Publisher: School for Advanced Research Press
  • Description: Paperback, 336 p., 24 figures, 2 tables, 22,8x15,2 cm
  • ISBN: 978-1-934691-20-5
  • Price: € 22 ($ 30)
  • Aegean Library: 1990


In current archaeological research the failure to find common ground between world-systems theory believers and their counterparts has resulted in a stagnation of theoretical development in regards to modeling how early state societies interacted with their neighbors. This book is an attempt to redress these issues. By shifting the theoretical focus away from questions of state evolution to state interaction, the authors develop anthropological models for understanding how ancient states interacted with one another and with societies of different scales of economic and political organization. One of their goals has been to identify a theoretical middle ground that is neither dogmatic nor dismissive. The result is an innovative approach to modeling social interaction that will be helpful in exploring the relationship between social processes that occur at different geographic scales and over different temporal durations. The scholars who participated in the advanced seminar that resulted in this book used a particular geographic and temporal context as a case study for developing anthropological models of interaction that are cross-cultural in scope but still deal well with the idiosyncrasies of specific culture histories.


Contents [ix]

List of Figures and Tables [xi]

William A. Parkinson and Michael L. Galaty, ‘Introduction: Interaction and ancient societies’ [3-28].

Michael L. Galaty, William A. Parkinson, John F. Cherry, Eric H. Cline, P. Nick Kardulias, Robert Schon, Susan Sherratt, Helena Tomas & David Wengrow, ‘Interaction amidst diversity: An introduction to the Eastern Mediterranean Bronze Age’ [29-51].

P. Nick Kardulias, ‘World-systems applications for understanding the Bronze Age in the Eastern Mediterranean’ [53-80].

Susan Sherratt, ‘The Aegean and the wider world: Some thoughts on a World-Systems perspective’ [81-106].

John F. Cherry, ‘Sorting out Crete’s Prepalatial off-island interactions’ [107-140].

David Wengrow, ‘The voyages of Europa: Ritual and trade in the Eastern Mediterranean circa 2300–1850 BC’ [141-160].

Eric H. Cline, ‘Bronze Age interactions between the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean revisited: mainstream, periphery, or margin?’ [161-180].

Helena Tomas, ‘The world beyond the northern margin: The Bronze Age Aegean and the East Adriatic coast’ [181-212].

Robert Schon, ‘Think locally, act globally: Mycenaean elites and the Late Bronze Age World-System’ [213-236].

References [237]

Index [309]


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