The Chinese Neolithic: Trajectories to Early States

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Cambridge University Press, 2004 - 310 pages
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The Yellow River valley of China, during the period ca. 7000-1500, saw the transformation of egalitarian societies into stratified chiefdoms giving rise to early states. This book examines that transformation, emphasizing the interplay of many factors affecting these processes, such as climatic fluctuation, population movements, inter-group competition, warfare, and long-distance exchange of valuables.
  

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Contents

1 Setting the scene
1
2 The changing environmental contexts of Chinas first complex societies
19
3 Household subsistence and ritual
33
4 Spatial organization and social relations in communities
73
5 Community burial patterns
117
6 Development and decline of complex societies in the Central Plains
159
7 Development and decline of social complexity beyond the Central Plains
192
8 Trajectories toward early states
223
9 Reconstructing social processes
239
NOTES
254
1 APPENDIXES
256
REFERENCES
275
INDIX
301
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