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The Political Machine: Assembling Sovereignty in the Bronze Age Caucasus

Adam T. Smith


This book investigates the essential role that material culture plays in the practices and maintenance of political sovereignty. Through an archaeological exploration of the Bronze Age Caucasus, the book demonstrates that beyond assemblies of people, polities are just as importantly assemblages of things—from ballots and bullets to crowns, regalia, and licenses. The book looks at the ways that these assemblages help to forge cohesive publics, separate sovereigns from a wider social mass, and formalize governance—and it considers how these developments continue to shape politics today. The book ... More

Keywords: material culture, political sovereignty, Bronze Age Caucasus, Bronze Age polities, Bronze Age villages, egalitarianism, radical inequality, organized violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780691163239
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691163239.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam T. Smith, author
Cornell University