• Redistribution in Aegean Palatial Societies. Redistributive Economies from a Theoretical and Cross-Cultural Perspective

    Author(s):
    Michael Galaty, Dimitri Nakassis (see profile) , William Parkinson
    Date:
    2011
    Subject(s):
    Archaeology, Economic history, Prehistoric archaeology
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6K52W
    Abstract:
    In this article, we address the historical question of why Aegean Bronze Age economies are characterized as redistributive systems and whether it is appropriate to continue to describe them as such. We argue that characterizing the political economies of the Aegean as redistributive is inaccurate and misleading. Instead, we suggest it is more fruitful to describe how specific prehistoric social institutions were used to organize and allocate goods and services and thereby to study how political and economic systems interacted with one another. By examining how Aegean social institutions were constituted and changed over time, we will be in a position to use the prehistoric Aegean to develop and refine general models of political economy.
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