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Later European Prehistory Group Lecture Series

John Robb, (University of Cambridge) - Why is there so little inequality in Prehistoric Europe?
When Feb 13, 2017
from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
Where McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street
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Inequality in prehistoric Europe has proven surprisingly elusive, in spite of a century of social evolutionary and Marxist work looking for it. This paper asks why this is the case. I use anarchy theory to model long term social change, concluding that a resistance to formal hierarchy resulted not in a failure to evolve socially but but in a creative process generating some of the most characteristic features of prehistoric European society.

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