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Rise and fall of political complexity in island South-East Asia and the Pacific

Currie, Thomas; Greenhill, Simon; Gray, Russell; Hasegawa, Toshikazu; Mace, Ruth


There is disagreement about whether human political evolution has proceeded through a sequence of incremental increases in complexity, or whether larger, non-sequential increases have occurred. The extent to which societies have decreased in complexity is also unclear. These debates have continued largely in the absence of rigorous, quantitative tests. We evaluated six competing models of political evolution in Austronesian-speaking societies using phylogenetic methods. Here we show that in the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature
DOI: 10.1038/nature09461


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