New Perspectives on Urbanism in the Old and New World
Edited by Joyce MarcusJeremy A. Sabloff
$34.95 Paperback 978-1-934691-02-1 October 2008
Cities are so common today that we cannot imagine a world without them. More than half of the world's population lives in cities, and that proportion is growing. Yet for most of our history, there were no cities. Why, how, and when did urban life begin?
One of the most challenging problems facing contemporary archaeology concerns the operation and diversity of ancient states. This volume addresses how ancient states were structured and how they operated, an understanding of which is key to our ability to interpret a state's rise or fall.