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Lecture Notes - Being Kingly

Lecture Notes - Being Kingly - Making of the Modern World 1...

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Making of the Modern World 1: Prehistory and the Birth of Civilization Professor Scott L. Vandehey Fall 2008, Track D Being Kingly Nov. 12 th , 2008 Overview of the day 0. From acephelous societies to kingdoms 1. What is a king? 2. How does kingship work? 3. Importance of mythology 4. Example of the Nyoro Looking back at acephely… 0. BaMbuti / Nanook 0. Foragers 1. Small groups 2. Relatively simple social structure 1. Ongka 2. Neolithic 3. Hopi 3. Small scale farmers 4. Larger groups 5. More complex social structure Kings, Chiefs, and Rulers 5. Most settled human communities have had a strong centralized leadership 6. Why? 0. Dispute resolution 1. Property enforcement 2. Resource allocation 3. Labor allocation What is a king? 7. Absolute ruler 4. No appeal 8. Power of life and death 9. Strong class distinctions, usually hereditary 10. Supported by ritual and mythology Why do people put up with it? 4. Myth
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6. Provides explanation for unequal status and power 7. Religiously based 5. Ritual 8. Symbolically sets ruler apart 9.
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