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The Chinese Neolithic: Trajectories to Early States (New Studies in Archaeology) Hardcover – January 31, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0521811842 ISBN-10: 0521811848

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  • Series: New Studies in Archaeology
  • Hardcover: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (January 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521811848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521811842
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,091,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Chinese Neolithic is a major achievement. The book presents a coherent and methodologically quite sophisticated vision of the late prehistory of the middle and lower Yellow River basin...Liu's compelling investigation into the precursors of the early Chinese dynasties elicits great admiration." - Lothar von Falkenhausen, University of California, Los Angelos Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies

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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, emphasising the interplay of many factors affecting these processes, such as climatic fluctuation, population movements, inter-group competition, warfare, and long-distance exchange of valuables. This book contains detailed archaeological data and general theoretical paradigms. It offers a comprehensive reconstruction of developmental trajectories toward social complexity during the Neolithic period, and locates prehistoric China within a global framework of social evolution.

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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Fang Ruofu on August 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Comprehensive text focusing on Pre-Xia Chinese history. This text is actually a slim 300 page volume and best-of-all is available in a .pdf version that is easy to travel with. Text is missing Chinese characters to supplement the Hanyu Pinyin for Chinese terms.
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