Resources, Power, and Interregional Interaction

  • Edward M. Schortman
  • Patricia A. Urban

Part of the Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology book series (IDCA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Edward M. Schortman, Patricia A. Urban
      Pages 3-15
  3. The Ancient World System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-21
    2. Robert S. Santley, Rani T. Alexander
      Pages 23-49
    3. Joseph W. Whitecotton
      Pages 51-74
    4. Gary M. Feinman, Linda M. Nicholas
      Pages 75-116
    5. Steadman Upham
      Pages 139-152
  4. The Political Value of Imports

  5. Warfare

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-191
    2. J. Stephen Athens
      Pages 193-219
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233
    2. Edward M. Schortman, Patricia A. Urban
      Pages 235-255
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 257-259

About this book


Archaeological research on interregional interaction processes has recently reasserted itself after a long hiatus following the eclipse of diffusion studies. This "rebirth" was marked not only by a sudden increase in publications that were focused on interac­ tion questions, but also by a diversity of perspectives on past contacts. To perdurable interests in warfare were added trade studies by the late 196Os. These viewpoints, in turn, were rapidly joined in the late 1970s by a wide range of intellectual schemes stimulated by developments in French Marxism (referred to in various ways; termed political ideology here) and sociology (Immanuel Wallerstein's world-systems model). Researchers ascribing to the aforementioned intellectual frameworks were united in their dissatisfaction with attempts to explain sociopolitical change that treated in­ dividual cultures or societies as isolated entities. Only by reconstructing the complex intersocietal networks in which polities were integrated-the natures of these ties, who mediated the connections, and the political, economic, and ideological significance of the goods and ideas that moved along them-could adequate ex­ planations of sociopolitical shifts be formulated. Archaeologists seemed to be re­ discovering in the late twentieth century the importance of interregional contacts in processes of sociopolitical change. The diversity of perspectives that resulted seemed to be symptomatic of both an uncertainty of how best to approach this topic and the importance archaeologists attributed to it.


ancient world bronze bronze age culture economy identity interaction interregional interaction issue science social change tradition

Editors and affiliations

  • Edward M. Schortman
    • 1
  • Patricia A. Urban
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anthropology and SociologyKenyon CollegeGambierUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-3220-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4757-6416-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2722
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