Inner Asia and the Spatial Politics of Empire - Archaeology, Mobility, and Culture Contact
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Inner Asia and the Spatial Politics of Empire brings a distinctly anthropological treatment to the prehistory of Mongolia and is the first major work to explore key issues in the archaeology of eastern Eurasia using a comparative framework. The monograph adds significantly to anthropological theory on interaction between states and outlying regions, the emergence of secondary complexity, and the growth of imperial traditions. Based on this approach, the window of Inner Asian prehistory offers a novel opportunity to investigate the varied ways that complex societies grow and the processes articulating adjacent societies in networks of mutual transformation.
Chapter 1: Voices from the Steppe.- Chapter 2: Overcoming the Tyranny of Distance: Culture Contact and Politics.- Chapter 3: Solving Contradictions: Nomads and Political Complexity.- Chapter 4: The Heartland of Inner Asia: Mongolia and Steppe Pastoral Nomadism.- Chapter 5: The Late and Final Bronze Age Cultures of Mongolia, 1400-700 BC.- Chapter 6: The Surrounding Bronze Age World: Kazakhstan and South Siberia, 1300-700 BC.- Chapter 7: At the Edge of Inner Asia: The Northern Zone and States of China, 1200-700 BC.- Chapter 8: Nomadic Alternatives: Forming the State on Horseback.- Chapter 9: Not of Place, but of Path: Nomads on the World Stage.- Chapter 10: Steppe Cores, Sedentary Peripheries, and the Statecraft of Empire.
Uses theory of spatial politics and mobility along with archaeological evidence to create a comprehensive view of inner Asia
Analyzes the development of societies in pre-history inner Asia to comment on current socio-political conditions in inner Asia
Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras
"The meticulous explanations of the theoretical framework; the state of the research; as well as the geographical, economic, and historical context of the regions analyzed ... make the book suitable for teaching and as an introductory tool for anyone approaching the history of Mongolia for the first time. ... offers a very useful collection of new archaeological results, a well-informed summary of the state of the research, and a thought-provoking set of questions to inspire further studies on the subject." (Francesca Fiaschetti, Asian Highlands Perspectives, Vol. 40, 2016)