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    DescriptionIn this new paperback edition of Early Civilizations of the Old World, Charles Keith Maisels traces the development of some of the earliest and key civilizations in history. In each case the ecological and economic background to growth, geographical factors, cross-cultural intersection and the rise of urbanism are examined, explaining how particular forms of social structure and cultural interaction developed from before the Neolithic period to the time of the first civilizations in each area. This volume challenges the traditional assumption of a band-tribe-chiefdom-state sequence and instead demonstrates that large complex societies can flourish without social classes and the state, as dramatically shown by the Indus civilization. Such features as the use of Childe's urban revolution theory as a means of comparison for each emerging civilization and the discussion of the emergence of archaeology as a scientific discipline, make Early Civilizations of the Old World a valuable, innovative and stimulating work.


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    Title
    Early Civilizations of the Old World
    Subtitle
    The Formative Histories of Egypt, the Levant, Msopotamia, India and China
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Charles Keith Maisels
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 504
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 762 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780415109765
    ISBN 10: 0415109760
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BIC subject category V2: JHM
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Libri: I-HP
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDA
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3B
    DC22: 930
    DC21: 930
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15270
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDA, 3B
    Thema V1.0: JHM
    Illustrations note
    93 line drawings and 19 b&w photographs
    Publisher
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
    Imprint name
    ROUTLEDGE
    Publication date
    01 June 2001
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Review quote
    'Very few people have the necessary scholarship, courage and clarity of thought to range over such a dispersed and diverse ground as is covered in this book ... The author's ideas merit careful study' - British Archaeology