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Author Flannery, Kent V.
Title The creation of inequality [electronic resource] : how our prehistoric ancestors set the stage for monarchy, slavery, and empire / Kent Flannery, Joyce Marcus.
Published Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2012.
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 Electronic Book  GN740 .F54 2012eb    ONLINE
Description 1 online resource ( xiii, 631 p.) : ill., maps.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 567-614) and index.
Contents pt. 1. Starting out equal -- Genesis and exodus -- Rousseau's "state of nature" -- Ancestors and enemies -- Why our ancestors had religion and the arts -- Inequality without agriculture -- pt. 2. Balancing prestige and equality -- Agriculture and achieved renown -- The ritual buildings of achievement-based societies -- The prehistory of the ritual house -- Prestige and equality in four Native American societies -- pt. 3. Societies that made inequality hereditary -- The rise and fall of hereditary inequality in farming societies -- Three sources of power in chiefly societies -- From ritual house to temple in the Americas -- Aristocracy without chiefs -- Temples and inequality in early Mesopotamia -- The chiefly societies in our backyard -- How to turn rank into stratification : tales of the South Pacific -- pt. 4. Inequality in kingdoms and empires -- How to create a kingdom -- Three of the New World's first-generation kingdoms -- The land of the scorpion king -- Black ox hides and golden stools -- The nursery of civilization -- Graft and imperialism -- How new empires learn from old -- pt. 5. Resisting inequality -- Inequality and natural law.
Note Description based on print version record.
Subject Prehistoric peoples.
Social evolution.
Social stratification.
Anthropology, Prehistoric.
Human evolution.
Related Names Marcus, Joyce.
Related To Print version: Flannery, Kent V. The creation of inequality. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2012. Flannery, Kent V. Creation of inequality. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2012 9780674064690 (DLC) 2011039902
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