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Politics dominates the public arena and always has, which is one reason it can provide great insight into the lives of ancient people. Because of the richness and complexity of Maya society, archaeologists and anthropologists have spent decades attempting to reconstruct its political systems.

In Ancient Maya Political Dynamics, Antonia Foias begins by reexamining recent scholarship, placing it within a larger anthropological framework. By taking a cross-cultural approach and bringing in relevant material from other archaeological areas around the world, she breaks new ground and demonstrates how anthropologists worldwide understand and reconstruct ancient political systems.

Foias argues that there is no single Maya political history, but multiple histories, no single Maya state, but multiple polities that need to be understood at the level of the lived experience of individuals. She explores the ways in which the dynamics of political power shaped the lives and landscape of the Maya and how this information can be used to look at other complex societies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-23
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  1. 2. Political Anthropology, Archaeology, and Ancient Politics
  2. pp. 24-45
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  1. 3. Archaeological Studies of Ancient Politics
  2. pp. 46-58
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  1. 4. Reconstructing Classic Maya Polities: The Macro Scale of Political Analysis
  2. pp. 59-110
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  1. 5. Internal Dynamics, Bureaucracy, and Political Centralization: The Middle Scale of Political Analysis
  2. pp. 111-164
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  1. 6. The Flow and Use of Power: The Micro Scale of Political Analysis
  2. pp. 165-219
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  1. 7. Conclusions: Toward an Archaeology of Power
  2. pp. 220-230
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  1. References Cited
  2. pp. 231-280
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 281-289
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  1. About the Author, Further Reading
  2. pp. 305-307
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813048321
Related ISBN
9780813044224
MARC Record
OCLC
846494688
Pages
300
Launched on MUSE
2013-08-12
Language
English
Open Access
No
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