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The Yellow River valley of China, during the period ca. 7000-1500, saw the transformation of egalitarian societies into stratified chiefdoms giving rise to early states. This book examines that transformation, emphasizing the interplay of many factors affecting these processes, such as climatic fluctuation, population movements, inter-group competition, warfare, and long-distance exchange of valuables.Read more
- Provides a comprehensive examination of social evolution in prehistoric China
- Offers detailed archaeological data and theoretical paradigms
- Examines the Chinese Neolithic within the global framework of social evolution
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"The Chinese Neolithic is a major achievement. The book presents a coherent and methodologically quite sophisticated vision of the late prehistory of the middle and lower Yellow River basin...Liu's compelling investigation into the precursors of the early Chinese dynasties elicits great admiration." - Lothar von Falkenhausen, University of California, Los Angelos Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies
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- Date Published: September 2007
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521010641
- length: 332 pages
- dimensions: 243 x 169 x 16 mm
- weight: 0.543kg
- contains: 82 b/w illus. 38 maps 6 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
List of tables
1. Setting the scene
2. The changing environmental contexts of China's first complex societies
3. Household subsistence and ritual
4. Spatial organization and social relations in communities
5. Community burial patterns
6. Development and decline of complex societies in the Central Plains
7. Development and decline of social complexity beyond the Central Plains
8. Trajectories toward early states
9. Reconstructing social processes
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