Ancient Maya Political Economies

Ancient Maya Political Economies

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Ancient Maya Political Economies examines variation in systems of economic production and exchange and how these systems supported the power networks that integrated Maya society. Using models originally developed by William L. Rathje, the authors explore core-periphery relations, the use of household analysis to reconstruct political economy, and evidence for market development. In doing so, they challenge the conventional wisdom of decentralized Maya political authority and replace it with a more complex view of the political economic foundations of Maya civilization.Several scholars have postulated that the production and exchange of Maya polychrome serving vessels was ... As figures 6.7 and 6.9 make clear, however, the same paste groups were used in the production of utilitarian and serving vesselsanbsp;...

Title:Ancient Maya Political Economies
Author:Marilyn A. Masson, David A. Freidel
Publisher:Altamira Press - 2002-01-01


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