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Globalization perspectives on the Afro-Eurasian Bronze Age

Authored by: Helle Vandkilde

The Routledge Handbook of Archaeology and Globalization

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415841306
eBook ISBN: 9781315449005
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315449005.ch35

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Abstract

The Bronze Age shows many similarities with contemporary globalization. With the note that the scale differed tremendously between then and now, a comparative perspective is in tune with recent scholarship on ancient globalizations (Jennings 2011). The advantage of comparison with recent globalization is its thorough theorization by a plethora of social science scholars, and yet the Bronze Age was not globalization in the sense of enfolding the entire globe (cf. Robertson 2003, this volume). Due to this major difference in geographical reach the term bronzization (Vandkilde 2016) is employed to conceptualize how the Bronze Age was an overarching phenomenon knit by one crucial resource and maintained by innumerable interconnecting activities over several hundred years.

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