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Centre and Periphery in the Ancient World

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Part of New Directions in Archaeology

Michael Rowlands, Phil Kohl, Leon Marfoe, P. R. S. Moorey, Mogens Trolle Larsen, Carlo Zaccagnini, Mario Liverani, Kristian Kristiansen, Daphne Nash, Colin Haselgrove, Lotte Hedeager
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  • Date Published: April 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521108423

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  • This collaborative volume is concerned with long-term social change. Envisaging individual societies as interlinked and interdependent parts of a global social system, the aim of the contributors is to determine the extent to which ancient societies were shaped over time by their incorporation in - or resistance to - the larger system. Their particular concern is the dependent relationship between technically and socially more developed societies with a strong state ideology at the centre and the simpler societies that functioned principally as sources of raw materials and manpower on the periphery of the system. The papers in the first part of the book are all concerned with political developments in the Ancient Near East and the notion of a regional system as a framework for analysis. Part 2 examines the problems of conceptualising local societies as discrete centres of development in the context of both the Near East and prehistoric Europe during the second millennium BC. Part 3 then presents a comprehensive analytical study of the Roman Empire as a single system showing how its component parts often relate to each other in uneven, even contradictory, ways.

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    • Date Published: April 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521108423
    • length: 168 pages
    • dimensions: 279 x 210 x 9 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part I. Theoretical Perspectives:
    1. Centre and periphery: a review of a concept Michael Rowlands
    Part II. Regional Systems and the Genesis of Dependency:
    2. The ancient economy, transferable technologies and the Bronze Age world-system: a view from the north-eastern frontier of the Ancient Near East Phil Kohl
    3. Cedar forest to silver mountain: social change and the development of long-distance trade in early Near Eastern societies Leon Marfoe
    4. On tracking cultural transfers in prehistory: the case of Egypt and lower Mesopotamia in the fourth millennium BC P. R. S. Moorey
    Part III. Regional Interaction and Crisis:
    5. Commercial networks in the Ancient Near East Mogens Trolle Larsen
    6. Aspects of ceremonial exchange in the Near East during the late second millennium BC Carlo Zaccagnini
    7. The collapse of the Near Eastern regional system at the end of the Bronze Age: the case of Syria Mario Liverani
    8. Centre and periphery in Bronze Age Scandinavia Kristian Kristiansen
    Part IV. Imperial Expansion and its Hinterland: zonal contrasts:
    9. Imperial expansion under the Roman Republic Daphne Nash
    10. Culture process on the periphery: Belgic Gaul and Rome during the late Republic and early Empire Colin Haselgrove
    11. Empire, frontier and the barbarian hinterland: Rome and northern Europe from AD 1–400 Lotte Hedeager
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Authors

    Michael J. Rowlands

    Mogens Larsen

    Kristian Kristiansen

    Contributors

    Michael Rowlands, Phil Kohl, Leon Marfoe, P. R. S. Moorey, Mogens Trolle Larsen, Carlo Zaccagnini, Mario Liverani, Kristian Kristiansen, Daphne Nash, Colin Haselgrove, Lotte Hedeager

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