Myths of the Archaic State

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Author  Norman Yoffee
Publisher  Cambridge University Press
Publication Date   January 31, 2005
ISBN  0521521564
Pages  292

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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 state and explores case studies on the role of women in ancient societies.

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