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Killing Civilization : A Reassessment of Early Urbanism and Its Consequences (Hardcover) (Justin

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Citing that cities today and those in the past are often the products of rapid, largely unforeseen aggregation, where residents have to constantly adjust to change and its attendant problems, sans blueprints, Jennings argues that colonization, the creation of cultural horizons, and the formation of states and other regionally organized polities are the final results of piecemeal, sometimes ad hoc, often self-interested, decisions made during the formative years of the world’s earliest cities. He draws on data and the experiences of the millions of people who have witnessed the development of urban centers over the last 200 years, using case studies from across the modern and ancient world to develop a countermodel of incipient urbanism and its broad consequences. Noting that the interpretation of what life was like during those periods of transition has long been guided by the idea of civilization as a stage of cultural development, he counters with excavation and survey data from places like Harappa, Tiahuanaco, and Monte Alban, creating a more accurate pictures. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 360
Genre: Social Science, History
Sub-Genre: Ancient / General, Anthropology / General, Archaeology
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of New Mexico Pr
Author: Justin Jennings
Language: English
Street Date: April 15, 2016
TCIN: 51156169
UPC: 9780826356604
Item Number (DPCI): 248-16-8299
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