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The societies of the European Bronze Age produced elaborate artifacts and were drawn into a wide trade network extending over the whole of Europe, even though they were economically and politically undiversified. Kristian Kristansen attempts to explain this paradox using a world-systems analysis, and in particular tries to acount for the absence of state formation. He presents his case with a powerful marshalling of the evidence across the whole of Europe and over two millennia. The result is the most coherent overview of this period of European prehistory since the writings of Gordon Childe and Christopher Hawkes. A great strength of this book is the broad European perspective, which allows the author to address some of the larger questions that have been raised in the study of the Bronze Age. It captures the complexity of a prehistorical world at different levels of integration and interaction from local to global.Read more
- Coherent overview of Bronze Age period from a pan European perspective
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- Date Published: December 1999
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521784368
- length: 540 pages
- dimensions: 245 x 189 x 30 mm
- weight: 0.95kg
- contains: 96 b/w illus. 83 maps 38 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Background to the inquiry
2. Background to the archaeology
3. Theoretical context
4. Regional systems: the social and cultural landscape in Europe in the Late Bronze Age, 1100–750 BC
5. Regional divergence: the Mediterranean and Europe in the 9th-8th centuries BC
6. The new economic axis: Central Europe and the Mediterranean 750–450 BC
7. Transformation and expansion: the Celtic movement, 450–150 BC
8. The emergence of the European world system in the Bronze Age and Early Iron Age: Europe in the 1st and 2nd millennia BC.
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