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Factional Competition and Political Development in the New World

Factional Competition and Political Development in the New World

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Elizabeth M. Brumfiel, John E. Clark, Michael Blake, Charles S. Spencer, Elsa M. Redmond, Mary W. Helms, David G. Anderson, Helen Perlstein Pollard, Rudolf van Zantwijk, Frederic Hicks, Bruce E. Byland, John M. D. Pohl, Stephen A. Kowalewski, Mary E. D. Pohl, John W. Fox, Terence N. D'Altroy, Glenn Perusek
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  • Date Published: December 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521545846

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  • Factionalism is an important force of social transformation, and this volume examines how factional competition in the kinship and political structures in ancient New World societies led to the development of chiefdoms, states and empires. The case studies, from a range of New World societies, represent all levels of non-egalitarian societies and a wide variety of ecological settings in the New World. They document the effects of factionalism on the structure of particular polities: for example, how it might have led to the growth of social inequality, or to changing patterns of chiefly authority, or to state formation and expansion, or institutional specialisation. The work is a creative and substantial contribution to our understanding of the political dynamics in early state society, and will interest archaeologists, anthropologists, political scientists and historians.

    • Refreshing theoretical stance and less confining than those generally espoused by either Marxists or so-called 'cultural ecologists'
    • A great strength is its dedication to ethnographic and ethnohistoric analogy in archaeological investigations
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    • Date Published: December 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521545846
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 24 b/w illus. 32 maps 17 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Factional competition and political development in the New World: an introduction Elizabeth M. Brumfiel
    Part II. Chiefdoms:
    2. The power of prestige: competitive generosity and the emergence of rank societies in lowland Mesoamerica John E. Clark and Michael Blake
    3. Factional ascendance, dimensions of leadership, and the development of centralized authority Charles S. Spencer
    4. External warfare and the internal politics of northern South American tribes and chiefdoms Elsa M. Redmond
    5. Chiefdom rivalries, control, and external contacts in lower Central America Mary W. Helms
    6. Factional competition and the political evolution of Mississippian chiefdoms in the southeastern United States David G. Anderson
    Part III. States:
    7. Ethnicity and political control in a complex society: the Tarascan state of prehispanic Mexico Helen Perlstein Pollard
    8. Ethnic groups and factions in Aztec Mexico Elizabeth M. Brumfiel
    9. Factional divisions within the Aztec (Colhua) royal family Rudolf Van Zantwijk
    10. Alliance and intervention in Aztec imperial expansion Frederic Hicks
    11. Political factions in the transition from Classic to Postclassic in the Mixteca Alta Bruce E. Byland, and John M. D. Pohl
    12. Internal subdivisions of communities in the prehispanic valley of Oaxaca Stephen A. Kowalewski
    13. Cycles of conflict: political factionalism in the Maya lowlands Mary E. D. Pohl and John M. D. Pohl
    14. Political cosmology among the Quiche Maya John W. Fox
    15. Factionalism and political development in the central Andes Terence N. D'Altroy
    Part IV. Discussion
    16. Factional competition and historical materialism Glenn Perusek
    17 Conclusions: moietal opposition, segmentation and factionalism in New World political areas John W. Fox.

  • Editors

    Elizabeth M. Brumfiel, Albion College, Michigan

    John W. Fox, Baylor University, Texas

    Contributors

    Elizabeth M. Brumfiel, John E. Clark, Michael Blake, Charles S. Spencer, Elsa M. Redmond, Mary W. Helms, David G. Anderson, Helen Perlstein Pollard, Rudolf van Zantwijk, Frederic Hicks, Bruce E. Byland, John M. D. Pohl, Stephen A. Kowalewski, Mary E. D. Pohl, John W. Fox, Terence N. D'Altroy, Glenn Perusek

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