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How Chiefs Come to Power: The Political Economy in Prehistory
1. Introduction: the nature of political power 2. The long-term developments of three chiefdoms: Denmark, Hawaii, and the Andes 3. Sources of economic power 4. Military power: the strategic use ofExpand
The evolution of human societies : from foraging group to agrarian state
1. Introdution Part I. The Family-Level Group: 2. The family level 3. Family-level foragers 4. Families with domestication Part II. The Local Group: 5. The local group 6. The family and the villageExpand
Ideology, Materialization, and Power Strategies
Ideology, as part of culture, is an integral component of human interactions and the power strategies that configure sociopolitical systems. We argue that ideology is materialized, or given concreteExpand
▪ Abstract Property determines exclusive rights to things. It is a key theoretical concept in the social sciences and a material reality in human societies. Since the defining work of Lewis HenryExpand
Evolution of Specialized Pottery Production: A Trial Model [and Comments and Reply]
Craft specialization, a concomitant of evolving social complexity, is regarded as a process of regulating variety in extractive or productive activities. A trial model for the evolution ofExpand
Bronze Age Economics: The Beginnings of Political Economies
This integrated collection of new and newly revised essays by archaeologist Timothy Earle represents both a personal journey and a growing synthesis of how political economies emerged in humanExpand
The term chiefdom is used to characterize social complexity in stateless societies. Despite pointed criticism of evolutionary typologies, the chiefdom and related formulations provide a framework forExpand
Organizing Bronze Age Societies: The Mediterranean, Central Europe, and Scandanavia Compared
1. Introduction: theory and practice in the late prehistory of Europe Timothy Earle and Kristian Kristiansen 2. The palaeo-environment of Bronze Age Europe Charles French 3. Regional settlementExpand
Staple Finance, Wealth Finance, and Storage in the Inka Political Economy [and Comments and Reply]
The development of the regionally integrated institutions of an expanding state society is predicated on the growth of systems of economic support. Both expansion of existing systems of finance andExpand
The Development of Social Stratification in Bronze Age Europe [and Comments and Reply]
The emergence of a hereditary elite class in Bronze Age Europe is now widely interpreted in terms of the redistributive activities of a managerial ruling class. This fuctionalist account of eliteExpand