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The Ascent of Chiefs: Cahokia and Mississippian Politics in Native North America
by Timothy R. Pauketat
University of Alabama Press, 1994
eISBN: 978-0-8173-8418-0 | Paper: 978-0-8173-0728-8
Library of Congress Classification E78.I3P38 1994
Dewey Decimal Classification 977.389

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
This ambitious book provides a theoretical explanation of how prehistoric Cahokia became a stratified society, and ultimately the pinnacle of Native American cultural achievement north of Mexico. Considering Cahokia in terms of class struggle, Pauketat claims that the political consolidation in this region of the Mississippi Valley happened quite suddenly, around A.D. 1000, after which the lords of Cahokia innovated strategies to preserve their power and ultimately emerged as divine chiefs. The new ideas and new data in this volume will invigorate the debate surrounding one of the most important developments in North American prehistory.




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