Ancient Maya Political Economies

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Marilyn A. Masson, David A. Freidel
Rowman Altamira, 2002 - Business & Economics - 436 pages
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. Chapters in this book take a hard look at existing models of elite exchange and tribute and address the difficult question of how the flow of utilitarian goods supported Maya kingdoms and their ruling classes. 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.
 

Contents

Introduction
1
The Nouveau Elite Potlatch One Scenario for the Monumental Rise of Early Civilizations
31
The Origins of Maya Civilization The Old Shell Game Commodity Treasure and Kingship
41
The Passage of the Late Preclassic into the Early Classic
87
Praise the Ajaw and Pass the Kakaw Xibun Maya and the Political Economy of Cacao
123
Ceramic Exchange in the Late Classic and Postclassic Maya Lowlands A Diachronic Approach
140
Dynamics of Regional Integration in Northwestern Belize
197
At the Crossroads The Economic Basis of Political Power in the Petexbatun Region
222
Praise the Gods and Pass the Obsidian? The Organization of Ancient Economy in San Martin Jilotepeque Guatemala
284
New Perspectives on the Prehispanic Maya Salt Trade
306
Community Economy and the Mercantile Transformation in Postclassic Northeastern Belize
334
In Praise of Garbage Historical Archaeology Households and the Maya Political Economy
363
Perspectives on Economy and Theory
396
INDEX
417
About the Authors
431
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Modes of Exchange and Regional Patterns Chunchucmil Yucatan
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