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The Archaeology of Power and Politics in Eurasia
Regimes and Revolutions

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Charles W. Hartley, G. Bike Yazıcıoğlu, Adam T. Smith, Victor A. Shnirelman, Gwen P. Bennett, Wu Xin, Fiona Kidd, Michelle Negus Cleary, Elizabeth Baker Brite, Claudia Chang, Philip Kohl, Maureen Marshall, Kathryn M. Linduff, Yang Jianhua, Irina Lita Shingiray, Hu Ling, Eileen M. Murphy, Victor Buchli, David L. Peterson, Alan Greene, MaryFran Heinsch, Belinda H. Monahan, Joanna Sofaer, Geoff Emberling
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  • Date Published: November 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107016521

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  • For thousands of years, the geography of Eurasia has facilitated travel, conquest, and colonization by various groups, from the Huns in ancient times to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in the past century. This book brings together archaeological investigations of Eurasian regimes and revolutions ranging from the Bronze Age to the modern day, from Eastern Europe and the Caucasus in the west to the Mongolian steppe and the Korean Peninsula in the east. The authors examine a wide-ranging series of archaeological studies in order to better understand the role of politics in the history and prehistory of the region. This book reevaluates the significance of power, authority, and ideology in the emergence and transformation of ancient and modern societies in this vast continent.

    • Brings together archaeological investigations of Eurasian regimes and revolutions both ancient and modern
    • Considers archaeological studies that range geographically from Eastern Europe and the Caucasus in the West to the Mongolian steppe and the Korean Peninsula in the East
    • Addresses the impact of politics on ancient societies in this vast continent, including the making and remaking of authority in the region
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    • Date Published: November 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107016521
    • length: 486 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • contains: 65 b/w illus. 7 maps 11 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: regimes, revolutions, and the materiality of power in Eurasian archaeology Charles W. Hartley, G. Bike Yazıcıoğlu and Adam T. Smith
    Part I. The Rhetoric of Regime and Ideology of Revolution:
    1. Archaeology and the national idea in Eurasia Victor A. Shnirelman
    2. National history and identity narratives in China and cultural heritage interpretation in Xinjiang Gwen P. Bennett
    3. 'Yerevan, my ancient Erebuni': archaeological repertoires, public assemblages, and the manufacture of a (post-)Soviet nation Adam T. Smith
    4. Violence and power visualized: representations of military engagements between Central Asia and the Achaemenid Persian Empire Wu Xin
    5. Public vs. private: perspectives on the communication of power in ancient Chroasmia Fiona Kidd, Michelle Negus Cleary and Elizabeth Baker Brite
    6. Lines of power: equality or hierarchy among the Iron Age agro-pastoralists of southeastern Kazakhstan Claudia Chang
    Part II. Materialities of Homeland, Practices of Expansion:
    7. Homelands in the present and in the past: political implications of a dangerous concept Philip Kohl
    8. Processes and practices of death: toward a bioarchaeology of dynamic societies Maureen Marshall
    9. Ritualization of weapons in a contact zone: between the past and the present Kathryn M. Linduff and Yang Jianhua
    10. Ethos, materiality, and paradigms of political action in early medieval communities of the northwestern Caspian region Irina Lita Shingiray
    11. Legitimacy and control: the making of the imperial Liao heartland Hu Ling
    12. A bioarchaeological study of Xiongnu expansion in Iron Age Tuva, South Siberia Eileen M. Murphy
    Part III. Regimes of the Body, Revolutions of Value:
    13. Kazakhstan, post-socialist transition, and the problem of multiple materialities Victor Buchli
    14. Forging social networks: metallurgy and the politics of value in Bronze Age Eurasia David L. Peterson
    15. Where pottery and politics meet: mundane objects and complex political life in the Late Bronze Age South Caucasus Alan Greene
    16. Forming techniques and Kura-Araxes period pottery in the Eastern Caucasus MaryFran Heinsch
    17. Beastly goods: pastoral production in the Late Bronze Age Tsaghkahovit Plain Belinda H. Monahan
    18. From regimes to revolutions: technology and technique at the Bronze Age tell at Százhalombatta, Hungary Joanna Sofaer
    Conclusion: on archaeology and politics across Eurasia Geoff Emberling.

  • Editors

    Charles W. Hartley, University of Chicago
    Charles W. Hartley is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. He most recently published (with Alan Greene) 'From Analog to Digital: Protocols and Program for a Systematic Digital Radiography of Archaeological Pottery' in Vessels: Inside and Outside, Proceedings of the 9th European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics (EMAC '07), edited by Katalin Biró, Veronika Szilágyi and Attila Kreiter.

    G. Bike Yazicioğlu, University of Chicago
    G. Bike Yazıcıoğlu is a PhD candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. Her published work includes 'Archaeological Politics of Anatolia: Imaginative Identity of an Imaginative Geography' in Social Orders and Social Landscapes, edited by L. M. Popova, C. W. Hartley and A. T. Smith.

    Adam T. Smith, Cornell University, New York
    Adam T. Smith is a professor of anthropology at Cornell University. His publications include The Political Landscape: Constellations of Authority in Early Complex Societies and The Archaeology and Geography of Ancient Transcaucasian Societies I: The Foundations of Research and Regional Survey in the Tsaghkahovit Plain, Armenia (co-authored with R. Badalyan and P. Avetisyan).

    Contributors

    Charles W. Hartley, G. Bike Yazıcıoğlu, Adam T. Smith, Victor A. Shnirelman, Gwen P. Bennett, Wu Xin, Fiona Kidd, Michelle Negus Cleary, Elizabeth Baker Brite, Claudia Chang, Philip Kohl, Maureen Marshall, Kathryn M. Linduff, Yang Jianhua, Irina Lita Shingiray, Hu Ling, Eileen M. Murphy, Victor Buchli, David L. Peterson, Alan Greene, MaryFran Heinsch, Belinda H. Monahan, Joanna Sofaer, Geoff Emberling

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