Landscapes of Power, Landscapes of Conflict - State by Tina L. Thurston

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This ebook is an try and mix conventional empirical, aim archaeological research with the research of adjusting styles of landscapes and, via them, humans and locations and the relationships among them. the writer specializes in past due Iron Age southern Scandinavia via to early medieval polity of Denmark, a time of neighborhood transformation from many independent, advanced, middle-range societies right into a unified, centralized nation.

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Not every type of social, political, or economic change is equally reflected in the historic and the archaeological records, but many are. Points where they do not co-vary are as interesting as those that do. ” This characterizes the first problem encountered in the historical study of Iron Age Denmark: the historiography of Medieval Europe. Historiography can be defined as the study of how history is written—by whom, with what agenda, from which perspective. The situation is not dissimilar to the problem of European contact with indigenous peoples in later times in that the historic perspective on Denmark is almost exclusively that of outsiders, in this case usually Frankish, German, or English chroniclers.

6 THE FRAMING OF THE STUDY In framing this study, I proposed that imposing a shift from one form of authority to another-from corporate to network modes—was easily the most challenging problem faced by elites with ambitions toward centralized power. This would not have been a matter of superimposing a new hierarchy over an old one. Instead, it involved the virtual reinvention of the power structure, from what might be termed a strongly heterarchical political mode to a hierarchic system. 1 Corporate and Network, Heterarchy and Hierarchy Heterarchy is a useful concept, envisioning the simultaneous operation of both vertical (hierarchic) and horizontal (heterarchic) differentiation (Potter and King 1995: 17).

D. 1000 when the churches were first built. Events, those “intersections that break patterns,” also have their place in interpretation. They can help pinpoint the times by which certain changes and transformations were occurring, or had occurred. Thus, we can link archaeological indicators for the unification of Denmark to accounts of diplomatic meetings between the Danes and the Franks, the founding of urban centers to accounts of military clashes. These two time perspectives, the long term and the momentary, can illuminate some of the questions asked in chapter 1 , such as whether social organization changed to accommodate political integration or if conflict arose over change in the sociopolitical order.

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