Europe Before History

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Cambridge University Press, 2000 - 505 Seiten
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.
 

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Background to the inquiry
1
12 European origins
7
Background to the archaeology
18
22 Geographical and chronological framework
27
Theoretical context
36
32 Systems of social evolution
44
33 Societies as organised networks
54
Regional systems the social and cultural landscape in Europe in the Late Bronze Age 1100750 BC
63
The new economic axis Central Europe and the Mediterranean 750450 BC
208
62 The royal dynasties
247
63 Transformation and decline
288
Transformation and expansion the Celtic movement 450150 BC
312
72 The social and historical context of Celtic population movements
318
The emergence of the European world system in the Bronze Age and Early Iron Age Europe in the 1st and 2nd millennia BC
357
82 Some social and cultural regularities
392
83 Some evolutionary regularities
405

42 Demographic and economic trends
96
Regional divergence the Mediterranean and Europe in the 9th8th centuries BC
122
52 Interaction along the Atlantic facade
142
the Phahlbau connection
159
the ThracoCimmerians
183
84 Concluding perspective epilogue
416
Notes
418
Bibliography
432
Index
490
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Kristian Kristiansen is a pre-eminent archaeologist. He is Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and a prolific author. His main research interests are in the European Bronze Age, archaeological theory and archaeological heritage.

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