The Political Machine: Assembling Sovereignty in the Bronze Age Caucasus

Author: Adam T. Smith

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The Political Machine investigates the essential role that material culture plays in the practices and maintenance of political sovereignty. Through an archaeological exploration of the Bronze Age Caucasus, Adam Smith demonstrates that beyond assemblies of people, polities are just as importantly assemblages of things―from ballots and bullets to crowns, regalia, and licenses. Smith looks at the ways that these assemblages help to forge cohesive publics, separate sovereigns from a wider social mass, and formalize governance―and he considers how these developments continue to shape politics today.

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Paperback
Language : English
Published : 2020-08-04
Pages : 264