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Europe before history

[ Ouvrage] / Kristian Kristiansen

Publication : Cambridge : Cambridge University press, 1998 cop. Description : 1 vol. (XXIX-505 p.) : ill. ; 26 cmCollection : New studies in archaeologyISBN : 0521552273 ; 9780521784368.Langue : Anglais ; de résumé, Anglais. Auteur principal: Kristiansen, Kristian Sujets:histoire-civilisation -- mouvement de population -- expansion culturelle -- développement économique Chrono:âge du Bronze -- âge du Fer Lieux: Europe

Bibliogr. p. 434-491. Index

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. K. Kristiansen attempts to explain this paradox using a world-systems analysis, and in particular tries to account 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 millenia. The result is a coherent overview of this period of European prehistory since the writings of Gordon Childe and Christopher Hawkes.A great strength of this book is to 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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