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The Archaeology of China (Cambridge World Archaeology)

The Archaeology of China (Cambridge World Archaeology)

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Xingcan Chen Li Liu
Cambridge University Press, 6/28/2012
EAN 9780521643108, ISBN10: 0521643104

Hardcover, 498 pages, 26.2 x 18.5 x 3.2 cm
Language: English

This book explores the roles of agricultural development and advancing social complexity in the processes of state formation in China. Over a period of about 10,000 years, it follows evolutionary trajectories of society from the last Palaeolithic hunting-gathering groups, through Neolithic farming villages and on to the Bronze Age Shang dynasty in the latter half of the second millennium BC. Li Liu and Xingcan Chen demonstrate that sociopolitical evolution was multicentric and shaped by inter-polity factionalism and competition, as well as by the many material technologies introduced from other parts of the world. The book illustrates how ancient Chinese societies were transformed during this period from simple to complex, tribal to urban, and preliterate to literate.

1. Chinese archaeology
past, present, and future
2. Environment and ecology
3. Foragers and collectors in the Pleistocene-Holocene transition (24,000–9000 cal. BP)
4. Domestication of plants and animals
5. Neolithization
sedentism and food production in the Early Neolithic (7000–5000 BC)
6. Emergence of social inequality
the Middle Neolithic (5000–3000 BC)
7. Rise and fall of early complex societies
the Late Neolithic (3000–2000 BC)
8. Formation of early states in the Central Plain
Erlitou and Erligang (1900/1800–1250 BC)
9. Bronze cultures of the north frontiers and beyond during the early second millennium BC
10. The Late Shang dynasty and its neighbors (1250–1046 BC)
11. Chinese civilization in comparative perspective.