The Comparative Archaeology of Complex Societies

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Michael E. Smith
Cambridge University Press, 5 set 2011
Part of a resurgence in the comparative study of ancient societies, this book presents a variety of methods and approaches to comparative analysis through the examination of wide-ranging case studies. Each chapter is a comparative study, and the diverse topics and regions covered in the book contribute to the growing understanding of variation and change in ancient complex societies. The authors explore themes ranging from urbanization and settlement patterns, to the political strategies of kings and chiefs, to the economic choices of individuals and households. The case studies cover an array of geographical settings, from the Andes to Southeast Asia. The authors are leading archaeologists whose research on early empires, states, and chiefdoms is at the cutting edge of scientific archaeology.

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Chapter 1 Comparative Archaeology
Chapter 2 Approaches to Comparative Analysis in Archaeology
Chapter 3 Comparative Frames for the Diachronic Analysis of Complex Societies
Chapter 4 What It Takes to Get Complex
Chapter 5 Challenges for Comparative Study of Early Complex Societies
6 Patterned Variation in Regional Trajectories of Community Growth
Chapter 7 The Genesis of Monuments in Island Societies
Chapter 8 Power and Legitimation
9 The Strategies of Provincials in Empires
10 Household Economies under the Aztec and Inka Empires
11 LowDensity AgrarianBased Urbanism
12 Archaeology Early Complex Societies and Comparative Social Science History

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Michael E. Smith is Professor of Anthropology in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. He has published widely in scholarly journals on Aztec society, Mesoamerican archaeology, ancient urbanism, and the comparative analysis of early state societies. He is the author and editor of eight books, including Aztec City-State Capitals, The Aztecs, and The Postclassic Mesoamerican World (co-edited with Frances F. Berdan).

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