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Modes of Production and Archaeology$
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Robert M. Rosenswig and Jerimy J. Cunningham

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813054308

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813054308.001.0001

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Bronze Economy and Mode of Production

Bronze Economy and Mode of Production

The Role of Comparative Advantages in Temperate Europe during the Bronze Age

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(p.207) 9 Bronze Economy and Mode of Production
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Modes of Production and Archaeology
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Johan Ling

Per Cornell

Kristian Kristiansen

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813054308.003.0009

Control over the exchange of metal was crucial for the reproduction of society during the Bronze Age of Eurasia. In order to enter the global metal trade network, Bronze Age societies of temperate Europe exploited differential geographical control over valued products such as amber, tin, copper, and textiles in the development of regional specializations and in the creation of surplus value. Working from a Marxist perspective we argue that such regional interdependence and division of labour define a Bronze Economy, which formed part of a Eurasian Bronze Age Social Formation.

Keywords:   Bronze Age, Social Formation, Eurasia

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