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5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Early Civilizations
Ia one of the best book concerning the history of the ancient societies as well as the impact of key funcctions in their development and their evolution .
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2.0 out of 5 stars In need of a good editor
The idea for the book is very good, and Trigger seems to have studied all the relevant research material, but the way he presents his comparisons could be made much easier to read by a good editor. Having the references in the main text rather than footnotes interrupts the reader's flow. When he compares topics, it would be easier to follow if he used sub-headings making...
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2.0 out of 5 stars In need of a good editor, 5 Feb 2009
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The idea for the book is very good, and Trigger seems to have studied all the relevant research material, but the way he presents his comparisons could be made much easier to read by a good editor. Having the references in the main text rather than footnotes interrupts the reader's flow. When he compares topics, it would be easier to follow if he used sub-headings making clear which civilization he was referring to - I kept finding I had to refer back to earlier passages.
He makes assertions about the societies and their practices for times before there are any records that seem without justification.
There is a lot of information here, but I feel it could have been better presented, and I think some of the assumptions he makes will seem unjustified when future research is published
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3.0 out of 5 stars Heavyweight in every sense, 23 Jun 2011
This review is from: Understanding Early Civilizations: A Comparative Study (Paperback)
This book is aimed at (very) serious students of archaeology. The late Prof.Trigger compares seven early civilizations: Mesopotamia, Dynastic Egypt, Shang China, Classic Maya, Valley of Mexico, the Incas and Yoruba (Benin). It is a scholarly and weighty tome, essential reading on some archaeology degree courses. I forced myself to read all 700-odd pages of it, but boy was it heavy going!

Trigger undertakes to determine similarities and differences between the early civilizations and to this end provides a wealth of detail gleaned from his survey of hundreds of academic publications. The examples repay close attention; he is particularly strong on the Inca and Aztec civilizations. Disappointingly, he omits the Indus Valley civilization on the dubious grounds of lack of strong evidence.

He (rather rashly) concludes that "early civilizations possessed one general form of class structure, only two main forms of sociopolitical organization, and one set of key religious beliefs".

In short, a magisterial study - but only for the truly committed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Early Civilizations, 26 Nov 2007
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