Understanding Early Civilizations

Understanding Early Civilizations: A Comparative Study

History , Archaeology
Paperback Published on: 16/04/2007
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Synopsis

This book offers the first detailed comparative study of the seven best-documented early civilizations: ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, Shang China, the Aztecs and adjacent peoples in the Valley of Mexico, the Classic Maya, the Inka, and the Yoruba. Unlike previous studies, equal attention is paid to similarities and differences in their sociopolitical organization, economic systems, religion, and culture. Many of this study's findings are surprising and provocative. Agricultural systems, technologies, and economic behaviour turn out to have been far more diverse than was expected. These findings and many others challenge not only current understandings of early civilizations but also the theoretical foundations of modern archaeology and anthropology. The key to understanding early civilizations lies not in their historical connections but in what they can tell us about similarities and differences in human behaviour.

  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521705455
  • Number of pages: 774
  • Weight: 1430g
  • Dimensions: 236 x 175 x 43 mm

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