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Explanation of Prehistoric Change

Edited by James N. Hill

What is change? What is stability? How and why does each occur? Can they be predicted? The contributors discuss these questions and others about the nature of change through diverse case studies from Hawaii, Midwestern America, the American Southwest, Iran, and the Teotihuacan Valley in Mexico. They examine the theoretical nature of change—its causes, processes, and results—in an effort to form a coherent theory of societal evolution.

1977. 370 pp., figures, notes, references, index, 6 x 9

Contributors: Richard I. Ford, Michael A. Glassow, James N. Hill, Melvin L. Perlman, Fred Plog, William T. Sanders, Arthur A. Saxe, Henry T. Wright

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  1. Introduction
    James N. Hill
  2. Explaining Change
    Fred Plog
  3. Systems Theory and the Explanation of Change
    James N. Hill
  4. On the Origin of Evolutionary Processes: State Formation on the Sandwich Islands
    Arthur A. Saxe
  5. Evolution Ecology and the Evolution of Human Ecosystems: A Case Study from the Midwestern U.S.A.
    Richard I. Ford
  6. Population Aggregation and Systematic Change: Examples from the American Southwest
    Michael A. Glassow
  7. Toward an Explanation of the Origin of the State
    Henry T. Wright
  8. Resource Utilization and Political Evolution in the Teotihuacan Valley
    William T. Sanders
  9. Systems Theory and Simulation: The Case of Hawaiian Warfare and Redistribution
    Fred Plog
  10. Discussion
    James N. Hill, Ed.
  11. Comments on Explanation, and on Stability and Change
    Melvin L. Perlman
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