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Myths of the Archaic State: Evolution of the Earliest Cities, States, and Civilizations

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Classical archaeology promotes the view that a state's evolution reflects general, universal forces. Norman Yoffee challenges the model in this book by presenting more complex and multi-linear models for the evolution of civilizations. Yoffee questions the definition of the prehistoric state, particularly that which heralds "the chiefdom" as the forerunner of the ancient ...more
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published January 31st 2005 by Cambridge University Press (first published January 1st 2005)
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