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Bronze Age Economics

The First Political Economies, 1st Edition

By Timothy Earle


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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 human societies. Drawing in detail on the cases of chiefdoms in Hawaii, the Andes, and Denmark, Bronze Age Economics documents how intensification of econ

Table of Contents

Preface -- Political Economies of Chiefdoms and Agrarian States -- The Ecology and Politics of Primitive Valuables -- Chiefdoms in Archaeological and Ethnohistorical Perspectives -- Part 1 Hawaiian Chiefdoms -- A Reappraisal of Redistribution -- Prehistoric Irrigation in the Hawaiian Islands -- Specialization and the Production of Wealth -- Style and Iconography as Legitimation in Complex Chiefdoms -- Part 2 Andean Chiefdoms and the Inka Empire -- Staple Finance, Wealth Finance, and Storage in the Inka Political Economy -- Wealth Finance in the Inka Empire -- Exchange and Social Stratification in the Andes -- Status Distinction and Legitimation of Power as Reflected in Changing Patterns of Consumption in Late Prehispanic Peru -- Part 3 Chiefdoms of Denmark -- The Bronze Age Economy of Thy -- Property Rights and the Evolution of Chiefdoms -- Ideology, Materialization, and Power Strategies

About the Author

Timothy Earle is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at Northwestern and was formerly Professor of Anthropology at UCLA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General