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Political economy in prehistory: A marxist approach to pacific sequences

Earle, Timothy; Spriggs, Matthew


Development of strong leaders and social stratification in prehistory is suitable for a political economy approach to the longue durée. Our goal is to encourage archaeologists to formulate prehistoric research that draws on historical materialism, the Marxist reasoning for understanding political economy. Three prehistoric cases from the Pacific (Lapita, Vanuatu, and Hawai‘i) help us evaluate the steps required to do this. Most importantly, we identify economic bottlenecks (constriction points)...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Current Anthropology
DOI: 10.1086/682284
Access Rights: Open Access


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