Medieval Mississippians

Author: Timothy R. Pauketat
Publisher: School for Advanced Research on the
ISBN: 1938645316
Release Date: 2014-10
Genre: Social Science

This title introduces a key historical period in pre-Columbian eastern North America - the 'Mississippian' era - via a series of colourful essays on places, practices, and peoples written from Native American and non-Native perspectives on the past. The volume lays out the basic contours of the early centuries of this era (AD 1000-1300) in the Mississippian heartland, making connections to later centuries and contemporary peoples.

Ancient America

Author: Kenneth L. Feder
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442263130
Release Date: 2016-11-17
Genre: Travel

Presenting “the real deal” of American antiquity—as opposed to the hyped fare of many cable TV shows—Kenneth Feder invites readers to explore the stunning technological, architectural, engineering, and artistic achievements of America’s first peoples. Part travel guide, part friendly reference, Ancient America showcases fifty iconic and publicly-accessible sites located across the contiguous United States—including monumental pyramids of earth, “castles” ensconced in cliff niches, and vast rock art galleries. Among the places profiled are four World Heritage Sites (Chaco Canyon, NM; Mesa Verde, CO; Cahokia, IL; Poverty Point, LA); numerous Historic Landmarks and National Monuments (including Crystal River, FL; Town Creek Mound, NC; Casa Grande, AZ; and Hovenweep, UT); and stunningly diverse sites ranging from Serpent Mound (OH) and Horsethief Lake (WA) to Canyon de Chelly (AZ) and Nine Mile Canyon (UT). In addition to practical visitor information, Feder tells the fascinating stories of each site as revealed by archaeological research. Introductory chapters delve into the deep past of Native America; historical and cultural details as well as original photography round out the site entries. Readers will be inspired to visit these remarkable places where the past continues to resonate in the present.

Religion and Innovation

Author: Donald A. Yerxa
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781472591029
Release Date: 2015-12-17
Genre: Religion

It is often assumed that religion is the backward-looking servant of tradition and the status quo, utterly opposed to the new. This refrain in so much of recent polemical writing has permeated the public mind and can even be found in academic publications. But recent scholarship increasingly shows that this view is a gross simplification - that, in fact, religious beliefs and practices have contributed to significant changes in human affairs: political and legal, social and artistic, scientific and commercial. This is certainly not to say that religion is always innovative. But the relationship between religion and innovation is much more complex and instructive than is generally assumed. Religion and Innovation includes contributions from leading historians, archaeologists, and social scientists, who offer findings about the relationship between religion and innovation. The essays collected in this volume range from discussions of the transformative power of religion in early societies; to re-examinations of our notions of naturalism, secularization, and progress; to explorations of cutting-edge contemporary issues. Combining scholarly rigor with clear, accessible writing, Religion and Innovation: Antagonists or Partners? is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of religion and the ongoing debates about its role in the modern world and into the future.

Relational Engagements of the Indigenous Americas

Author: Melissa R. Baltus
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9781498555364
Release Date: 2017-10-16
Genre: Social Science

In Relational Engagements of the Indigenous Americas, Melissa R. Baltus and Sarah E. Baires critically examine the current understanding of relationality in the Americas, covering a diverse range of topics from indigenous cosmologies to the life-world of the Inuit dog. The contributors to this diverse edited collection interrogate and discuss the multiple natures of relational ontologies, touching on the ever-changing, fluid, and varied ways of how people, both alive and dead, relate and related to their surrounding world. While the case studies presented in this edited collection all stem from the New World, the Indigenous histories and archaeological interpretations vary widely and the boundaries of relational theory are pushed to challenge current preconceptions of earlier ways of life in the indigenous Americas.

History of American Indians Exploring Diverse Roots

Author: Robert R. McCoy
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313386831
Release Date: 2017-04-30
Genre: Social Science

A comprehensive look at the entirety of Native American history, focusing particularly on native peoples within the geographic boundaries of the United States. • Provides readers with a synopsis of the most current findings on the prehistory of American Indians • Creates a comprehensive narrative of American Indian history • Presents extensive coverage of the history of the American West and Pacific Northwest • Addresses topics that are often overlooked in other narratives, such as the American Indian's role in the Civil War • Covers contemporary American Indian life and culture

An Archaeology of the Cosmos

Author: Timothy R. Pauketat
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9780415521284
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Social Science

An Archaeology of the Cosmos seeks answers to two fundamental questions of humanity and human history. The first question concerns that which some use as a defining element of humanity: religious beliefs. Why do so many people believe in supreme beings and holy spirits? The second question concerns changes in those beliefs. What causes beliefs to change? Using archaeological evidence gathered from ancient America, especially case material from the Great Plains and the pre-Columbian American Indian city of Cahokia, Timothy Pauketat explores the logical consequences of these two fundamental questions. Religious beliefs are not more resilient than other aspects of culture and society, and people are not the only causes of historical change. An Archaeology of the Cosmos examines the intimate association of agency and religion by studying how relationships between people, places, and things were bundled together and positioned in ways that constituted the fields of human experience. This rethinking theories of agency and religion provides readers with challenging and thought provoking conclusions that will lead them to reassess the way they approach the past.

Roms orientalische Steppengrenze

Author: Michael Sommer
Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag
ISBN: 3515087249
Release Date: 2005
Genre: History

Die Levante, eine Zone notorischer politischer, kultureller und ethnischer Fragmentierung, schuf stets Konfliktstoff im Ubermaa, quer durch alle Epochen, bis heute. Keine Macht herrschte langer im Raum zwischen Mittelmeer und Tigris als das Imperium Romanum. Genau 700 Jahre, von der Eroberung durch Pompeius Magnus (64 v. Chr.) bis zur Schlacht am Yarmuk (636 n. Chr.), in der die Araber das byzantinische Aufgebot vernichtend schlugen. Die Studie beleuchtet, fuer die ersten knapp 400 Jahre dieser Epoche, fuer die Schauplatze Palmyra, Osrhoene, den mittleren Euphrat und die ostliche Jezira die intensiven Austauschbeziehungen und Kulturkontakte zwischen Griechen und eOrientalenae, Nomaden und Seahaften, Rom und Iran, Heiden, Juden und Christen. Schlagworter wie aRomanisierungo, aclash of civilizationso oder aMischkulturo sind, so das Ergebnis der Untersuchung, ungeeignet, um das Ergebnis des sakularen Prozesses der Akkulturation zu beschreiben. Vielmehr wuchs, aus der Fuelle der in der Region zusammenlaufenden Traditionsstrange und aus der durch sie entfachten Dynamik, eine Identitat permanenten Grenzgangertums, der Frontier im Zwielicht zwischen Orient und Okzident."

Wohlstand und Armut der Nationen

Author: David Landes
Publisher: Siedler Verlag
ISBN: 9783641051112
Release Date: 2010-10-26
Genre: History

Das Standardwerk zur Wirtschaftsgeschichte Kaum eine Frage ist umstrittener und stärker mit Ideologie befrachtet als die, warum manche Länder wirtschaftlich äußerst erfolgreich sind, während andere unfähig scheinen, aus ihrer Armut herauszufinden. Liegt es am Klima? An der Kultur? An der Politik? In seiner umfassenden Geschichte über die Weltwirtschaft der letzten sechshundert Jahre entwickelt David Landes Antworten auf diese Fragen und bietet zugleich ein Standardwerk zur Geschichte der Weltwirtschaft.