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Ultimate causes of state formation : the significance of biogeography, diffusion, and neolithic revolutions

Ultimative Ursachen für die Staatsbildung: die Signifikanz von Biogeographie, Diffusion und Neolithische Revolutionen
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Bang Petersen, Michael; Skaaning, Svend-Erik

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Abstract "The timing of early state formation varies across the world. Inspired by Jared Diamond's seminal work, the authors employ large-n statistics to demonstrate how this variation has been structured by prehistoric biogeographical conditions, which have influenced the timing of the transition from hunter/ gatherer production to agriculture and, in turn, the timing of state formation. Biogeography structures both the extent to which societies have invented agriculture and state technology de novo, and the extent to which these inventions have diffused from adjacent societies. Importantly, they demonstrate how these prehistoric processes have continued to shape state formation by influencing the relative competitiveness of states until the near present." (author's abstract)
Keywords arable farming; agriculture; historical analysis; biological factors; determinants; diffusion; prehistory; climate; animal husbandry; state formation; environment; civilization; geographical factors; path dependence
Classification Political System, Constitution, Government; General History
Method empirical; quantitative empirical; historical; theory application
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 200-226
Journal Historical Social Research, 35 (2010) 3
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works