The Emergence of Civilisation: The Cyclades and the Aegean in the Third Millennium BC

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Author: Andrew Colin Renfrew (1937- )

Year: 1972

Publisher: Methuen and Company, Ltd

Place: London


xxvviii+595 pages with color frontispiece, maps, tables, charts, figures, illustrations, plates, drawings, appendix, bibliography and index. Quarto (10" x 7 1/2") bound in original publisher's black cloth with red label lettered in gilt to spine in original pictorial jacket. First edition. 

Renowned British archaeologist Colin Renfrew, in his seminal work The Emergence of Civilization: The Cyclades and the Aegean in the Third Millennium B.C., provides a theory for the development of complex cultures, which he calls the multiplier effect. According to Renfrew, innovations in one aspect, or subsystem, of culture, such as craft production, enhances and affects, through positive feedback, other cultural subsystems like social organization or religious symbolism. In other words, innovation in one subsystem of culture stimulates innovation in other subsystems and ultimately creates the growth of new social, political, and economic conditions. In this way, Renfrew maintains, the cumulative effect of the influence of innovation on the interactions between such cultural subsystems is, in fact, the emergence of civilization. Renfrew’s account of the rise of complex cultures explores the diverse facets and factors of critical cultural change, such as, for example, the role of the environment, technological innovation, demographic trends, social relations, and new religious concepts, which all continue to drive cultures in new directions even at present. 

Condition: Review tipped to front end paper, some pencil marginalia, corners bumped. Jacket with edge wear, back wrapper with five inch tear and 3" x 4" chip at head edge, heal edge with tears and creases, spine ends chipped and rubbed else very good in a good jacket. 

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