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Power and Place in Etruria

Power and Place in Etruria
The Spatial Dynamics of a Mediterranean Civilization, 1200–500 BC

Volume 1

Simon Stoddart
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  • Publication planned for: October 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521380751


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  • This volume fills a gap in the study of an important, yet neglected case of state formation, by taking a landscape perspective to Etruria. Simon Stoddart examines the infrastructure, hierarchy/heterarchy and spatial patterns of the Etruscans over time to investigate their political development from a new perspective. The analysis both crosses the divide from prehistory to history and applies a scaled analysis to the whole region between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Arno and Tiber rivers, with special focus on the neglected region between Populonia on the coast and Perugia and the north Umbrian region adjoining the Apennines. Stoddart uncovers the powerful places that were in dynamic tension not only between themselves, but also with the internal structure constituted by the descent groups that peopled them. He unravels the dynamically changing landscape of changing boundaries and buffer zones which contained robust urbanism, as well as less centralized, polyfocal nucleations.

    • Provides a novel example of landscape based state formation
    • Takes a quantitative approach to the evidence
    • Brings examples of Etruria into the modern world of scholarship
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    • Publication planned for: October 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521380751
    • dimensions: 253 x 177 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2020
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: The Challenge of Etruria
    2. Analysis of the spatial dynamics of state organised societies
    3. The Material constraints
    4. Contrasting hierarchies of settlement
    5. The spatial dynamics of settlement
    6. Five regions of contrast
    7. Networking and connectivity
    8. Conclusions.

  • Author

    Simon Stoddart, Magdalene College, Cambridge
    Simon Stoddart is a reader in prehistory at Magdalene College, Cambridge. He has taught at the Universities of York, Bristol, and Cambridge.


    Simon Stoddart

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