Water and Power in Past Societies
Examines the many ways water has contributed to power structures in the past, with insights for contemporary water management.
Water, an essential resource in all cultures, is at the heart of human power structures. Utilizing a diverse range of theoretical perspectives, the contributors to Water and Power in Past Societies provide a broad introduction to the archaeology of water-related power structures. The studies herein explore the long history of water politics in human society, offering new insights into the power structures and inequalities surrounding irrigation systems, the collection of rainwater as a component of ancient industrial production, and sea water as a facilitator of communication, trade, and aggression. In addition to examining the role of different types of water in creating power relationships, the volume presents case studies from a variety of climatic regions, ranging from the very dry to the tropical. This geographical breadth facilitates cross-cultural comparison, making Water and Power in Past Societies an essential resource for instructors and students of the archaeology of water. Finally, in addition to reaching conclusions with significant implications for archaeologists and anthropologists, the volume has real contemporary relevance, often drawing explicit parallels with issues of current and future water management.
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The Birth of Civilizational Analysis from the Spirit of Anthropology
The Complexities of Norbert Elias
Prospects for Collaboration
An Assessment from Historical Anthropology for South Arabias History
Chapter 5 Civilization as a Key Guiding Idea in South Asia
Bhakti Neglected Or The Missed Opportunities for a New Approach to a Comparative Analysis of Civilizational Diversity
Theravada Buddhist Statecraft in Mainland Southeast Asia and Laos in the Context of Civilizational Analysis
Sociocultural Dynamics in the Uplands of Southeast Asia
Reflections on Everyday Toilet Practices in Rural South China
Reflections on Kulturkreislehre with Reference to China
Chapter 13 Nomads and the Theory of Civilizations
Chapter 14 The Orthodox Eurasian or Russian Orthodox Civilization?
Afterword Anthropology Eurasia and Global History
Chapter 9 Anthropology Civilizational Analysis and the Malay World
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