The Emergence of Civilization: From Hunting and Gathering to Agriculture, Cities and the State in the Near East (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Emergence of Civilization A contribution to understanding the development of urban culture and social stratification in the Near East. It illuminates the changes in scale, complexity and hierarchy which accompany the development of civilization and draws conclusions about the processes of social evolution in general.
- Published: 09 September 1993
- Format: Paperback 416 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780415096591 ISBN 10: 0415096596
Full description for The Emergence of Civilization
The Emergence of Civilisation is a major contribution to our understanding of the development of urban culture and social stratification in the Near Eastern region. Charles Maisels argues that our present assumptions about state formation, based on nineteenth century speculations, are wrong. His investigation illuminates the changes in scale, complexity and hierarchy which accompany the development of civilisation. The book draws conclusions about the dynamics of social change and the processes of social evolution in general, applying those concepts to the rise of Greece and Rome, and to the collapse of the classical Mediterranean world.