|SAR Press PublicationThe Evolution of Political Systems: Sociopolitics in Small-Scale Sedentary Societies|
Throughout the world, the development of agriculture produced dramatic changes in human cultural systems. As people settled down in one locality, populations grew rapidly, patterns of subsistence were transformed, technology became more advanced, and the nature of social and political relations changed. People no longer interacted exclusively with kin, as they had in the past when organized in bands, and new forms of political relationships between groups were established. The emergence of these political systems was the first step in the evolution of the state.
|National Endowment for the Humanities Resident ScholarEcology of Social Evolution: Woodland Systems in the Prehistoric Midwest|