The Resource How chiefs come to power : the political economy in prehistory, Timothy Earle

How chiefs come to power : the political economy in prehistory, Timothy Earle

Label
How chiefs come to power : the political economy in prehistory
Title
How chiefs come to power
Title remainder
the political economy in prehistory
Statement of responsibility
Timothy Earle
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
By studying chiefdoms - kin-based societies in which a person's place in a kinship system determines his or her social status and political position - this book addresses several fundamental questions concerning the nature of political power and the evolution of sociopolitical complexity. In a chiefdom, the highest-status male (first son by the first wife) holds both authority and special access to economic, military, and ideological power, and others derive privilege from their positions in the chiefly hierarchy. A chiefdom is also a regional polity with institutional governance and some social stratification organizing a population of a few thousand to tens of thousands of people. The author argues that the fundamental dynamics of chiefdoms are essentially the same as those of states, and that the origin of states is to be understood in the emergence and development of chiefdoms. The history of chiefdoms documents the evolutionary trajectories that resulted, in some situations, in the institutionalization of broad-scale, politically centralized societies and, in others, in highly fragmented and unstable regions of competitive politics. Understanding the dynamics of chiefly society, the author asserts, offers an essential view into the historical background of the modern world. Three cases on which the author has conducted extensive field research are used to develop the book's arguments - Denmark during the Neolithic and Early Bronze Ages (2300-1300 B.C.), the high Andes of Peru from the early chiefdoms through the Inka conquest (A.D. 500-1534), and Hawai'i from early in its settlement to its incorporation in the world economy (A.D. 800-1824). Rather than deal with each case separately, the author presents an integrated discussion around the different power sources. After summarizing the cultural history of the three societies over a thousand years, he considers the sources of chiefly power and how these sources were linked together. The ultimate aim of the book is to determine how chiefs came to power and the implications that contrasting paths to power had for the evolutionary trajectories of societies
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DLC
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Earle, Timothy K
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
GN492.55
LC item number
.E37 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Chiefdoms
  • Power (Social sciences)
  • Balance of power
  • Economics, Prehistoric
  • Social structure
  • Chefferie (Anthropologie)
  • Pouvoir (Sciences sociales)
  • Équilibre des puissances
  • Économie préhistorique
  • Structure sociale
  • Balance of power
  • Chiefdoms
  • Economics, Prehistoric
  • Power (Social sciences)
  • Social structure
  • Stamhoofden
  • Macht
  • Prehistorie
  • Structure sociale
  • Préhistoire
  • Équilibre des puissances
  • Chefferie (anthropologie)
  • Économie préhistorique
Label
How chiefs come to power : the political economy in prehistory, Timothy Earle
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [215]-240) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The nature of political power -- The long-term developments of three chiefdoms : Denmark, Hawaiʻi, and the Andes -- Sources of economic power -- Military power : the strategic use of naked force -- Ideology as a source of power -- Chiefly power strategies and the emergence of complex political institutions
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xv, 250 pages
Isbn
9780804728560
Lccn
96041943
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)35593840
  • (OCoLC)ocm35593840
Label
How chiefs come to power : the political economy in prehistory, Timothy Earle
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [215]-240) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The nature of political power -- The long-term developments of three chiefdoms : Denmark, Hawaiʻi, and the Andes -- Sources of economic power -- Military power : the strategic use of naked force -- Ideology as a source of power -- Chiefly power strategies and the emergence of complex political institutions
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xv, 250 pages
Isbn
9780804728560
Lccn
96041943
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)35593840
  • (OCoLC)ocm35593840

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