Clearing the View of Our Foundations

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Science  20 May 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5725, pp. 1115-1116
DOI: 10.1126/science.1111129

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Myths of the Archaic State Evolution of the Earliest Cities, States, and Civilizations. By Norman Yoffee. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2005. 291 pp. $75, £45. ISBN 0-521-81837-0. Paper, $34.99, £19.99. ISBN 0-521-52156-4.

Favoring considerations of social evolution over ethnogrpahic analogies, the author disputes the commonly held interpretation that the earliest states were large and despotically controlled.