Algaze, Guillermo, 1954. The prehistory of imperialism: the case of Uruk period Mesopotamia

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: The prehistory of imperialism: the case of Uruk period Mesopotamia

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Uruk Mesopotamia & its neighbors : cross-cultural interactions in the era of state formation, edited by Mitchell S. Rothman

Published By: Original publisher Uruk Mesopotamia & its neighbors : cross-cultural interactions in the era of state formation, edited by Mitchell S. Rothman Sante Fe, NM: School of American Research Press. 2001. 27-83 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Guillermo Algaze

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Late Chalcolithic Mesopotamia (MH60)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121); External trade (439); Retail marketing (443); Settlement patterns (361); History and culture change (170); Acculturation and culture contact (177);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document In this essay Algaze argues that cases of pristine state formation, by their very nature, involve processes of external expansion that can be characterized as early examples of economic imperialism. During the fourth millennium BC., polities in the southern alluvium of Mesopotamia developed enough societal complexity to warrant classifying them as states, as was the case during the Uruk Period. This societal evolution was based on the development of higher-level administrative systems, increased economic specialization, a significant increase in the labor pool, centralization of some key activities (religious ritual , military action, and policing), the production and distribution of foodstuffs and other goods, and increased social stratification. The author describes the effects of these factors on Uruk civilization during the period under discussion.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 19

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. mh60-019

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Essay

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: For bibliographical references see document 17:Rothman

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document no date

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Archaeologist-4

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle; 2006

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). Uruk Period, 5800-5100 BP (3800-3100 BC)

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Iraq

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Middle East--Civilization--To 622/Erech (Extinct city)


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