SpringerBriefs in Human Ecology

Prestate Societies of the North Central European Plains

600-900 CE

Authors: Lozny, Ludomir R.

  • ​Presents a model of social dynamics of the North Central European Plains
  • Offers a new perspective on social dynamics and culture change in the North Central European Plains
  • Explores the transition from noncomplex to supra-tribal polities between 600 and 900 CE
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​ This volume offers a new perspective on social dynamics and culture change in the North Central European Plains (NCEP) from 600 to 900 CE. It discusses long-term causal processes leading to the formation of state at the fringes of the Merovingian and Frankish Kingdoms, the Carolingian and the Holy Roman Empire, the Scandinavian Kingdoms, the Czech Kingdom, and the Kingdom of Rus. The central problem addressed is how to account for and explain the transition from noncomplex to supra-tribal polities between 600 and 900 CE. The examined evidence shows that a very basic community-level management of common pool resources seems a successful strategy to manage short term risk and may lead to sustainable higher level political organization. In conclusion it present a models of social dynamics of the NCEP, 600-900 CE that suggests that the state formation process was an outcome of spontaneous processes and deterministic factors occurring within a period of approximately 400 years, of which the last two hundred years (800-900 CE) were the most critical.  In a broader context, the point discussed is that decisions with short-term goals have long-term consequences.

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“The book offers new knowledge and opens up new avenues for further research on the emergence of social complexity in general. It will, no doubt, find a place on the bookshelves and desks of specialists in the European Middle Ages, but also archaeologists, cultural anthropologists, and historians who search for new approaches to study historical dynamics of sociopolitical organizations.” (Dmitri M. Bondarenko, Human Ecology, Vol. 42, 2014)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Lozny, Ludomir R.

    Pages 1-7

  • Social Change in the North Central European Plains, 600–900s CE: Archeological Data

    Lozny, Ludomir R.

    Pages 9-41

  • The Rise of Social Complexity in the NCEP, 600–900s CE: A Processual Analysis

    Lozny, Ludomir R.

    Pages 43-82

  • Social Dynamics of the North Central European Plains, 600–900s CE: A Model

    Lozny, Ludomir R.

    Pages 83-89

  • Conclusions

    Lozny, Ludomir R.

    Pages 91-93

Buy this book

eBook $34.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-6815-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $49.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-6814-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Prestate Societies of the North Central European Plains
Book Subtitle
600-900 CE
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Human Ecology
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-6815-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-6815-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-6814-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 94
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour
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