Chiefdom world-systems (with a focus on Hawaii, 1390–1790)

Authored by: Elena Ermolaeva

Routledge Handbook of World-Systems Analysis

Print publication date:  May  2012
Online publication date:  May  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415563642
eBook ISBN: 9780203863428
Adobe ISBN: 9781135179151


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It is extremely difficult to study chiefdom world-systems. Chiefdoms are developmentally located in between the kin-based and state societies, having features of both. The chiefdom level should be viewed on a scale which requires a precise empirical documentation of its positioning. For these reasons, the affirmative models (usually expected in sciences) are problematic for chiefdoms and can be hardly generalized.

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