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How Chiefs Became Kings: Divine Kingship and the Rise of Archaic States in Ancient Hawai'i
 

How Chiefs Became Kings: Divine Kingship and the Rise of Archaic States in Ancient Hawai'i (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Kirch, Patrick Vinton

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In How Chiefs Became Kings, Patrick Vinton Kirch addresses a central problem in anthropological archaeology: the emergence of archaic states whose distinctive feature was divine kingship. Kirch takes as his focus the Hawaiian archipelago, commonly regarded as the archetype of a c...omplex chiefdom. Integrating anthropology, linguistics, archaeology, traditional history, and theory, and drawing on significant contributions from his own four decades of research, Kirch argues that Hawaiian polities had become states before the time of Captain Cook's voyage (1778-1779). The status of most archaic states is inferred from the archaeological record. But Kirch shows that because Hawai`i's kingdoms were established relatively recently, they could be observed and recorded by Cook and other European voyagers. Substantive and provocative, this book makes a major contribution to the literature of precontact Hawai`i and illuminates Hawai`i's importance in the global theory and literature about divine kingship, archaic states, and sociopolitical evolution.
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ISBN 9780520303393
Released NZ 15 Apr 2019
Publisher University of California Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780520303393
Stock Available
Status In stock at supplier; delivery usually 20-30 working days due to covid19 delays
Publisher University of California Press
Imprint University of California Press
Released 15 Apr 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
 › 1 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Kirch, Patrick Vinton
Category Archaeology
Sociology, Social Studies
Social & Cultural Anthropology
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 18mm
Dewey Code 320.4969
Weight 408g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Hawaiians - Politics and government, Hawaiians - Kings and rulers, First contact of aboriginal peoples with Westerners - Hawaii, Chiefdoms - Hawaii - History
NBS Text Government & Constitution
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly

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