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Ancient Maya politics : a political anthropology of the classic period, 150-900 CE / Simon Martin.

Author/creator Martin, Simon, 1961- author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2020.
Copyright Notice ©2020
Descriptionxxi, 520 pages : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 26 cm
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction: The Questions -- pt. I AGENDAS IN CLASSIC MAYA POLITICS -- 2. Modelling The Maya -- 3. On Archaeopolitics -- 4. Worlds In Words -- pt. II EPIGRAPHIC DATA ON CLASSIC MAYA POLITICS -- 5. Identity -- 6. Constitution -- 7. Transcendence -- 8. Matrimony -- 9. Conflict -- 10. Hierarchy -- 11. Coda -- pt. III A POLITICAL ANTHROPOLOGY FOR THE CLASSIC MAYA -- 12. Classic Maya Networks -- 13. Defining Classic Maya Political Culture -- 14. Hegemony In Practice And Theory -- 15. Summary And Conclusions: A Society Of Kings.
Abstract "The Classic Maya have long presented scholars with vexing problems. One of the longest running and most contested of these, and the source of deeply polarized interpretations, has been their political organization. Using recently deciphered inscriptions and fresh archaeological finds, Simon Martin argues that this particular debate can be laid to rest. He offers a comprehensive re-analysis of the issue in an effort to answer a simple question: how did a multitude of small kingdoms survive for some six hundred years without being subsumed within larger states or empires? Using previously unexploited comparative and theoretical approaches, Martin suggests mechanisms that maintained a "dynamic equilibrium" within a system best understood not as array of individual polities but an interactive whole. With its rebirth as text-backed historical archaeology, Maya studies has entered a new phase, one capable of building a political anthropology as robust as any other we have for the ancient world"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Issued in other formOnline version: Martin, Simon, 1961- Ancient Maya Politics. New York : Cambridge University Press, 2019. 9781108676694
LCCN 2019036962
ISBN9781108483889 hardcover
ISBN1108483887 hardcover
ISBN9781108705233 paperback
ISBN1108705235 paperback
ISBNelectronic publication

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