By Tim Champion

This quantity makes use of the recommendations of centre and outer edge, specially as formulated via Wallerstein to provide an explanation for the increase of ecu capitalist international platforms, and applies them to archaeology. The experiences during this quantity contemplate how those techniques could be tailored to light up our figuring out of pre-capitalist societies and long-term social changes.

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They inaugurated tax systems, intended ostensibly to render the METROPOLE AND MARGIN: THE SOLOMON ISLANDS 23 colonial territories self-supporting economically, but designed in practice to drive the indigenes into the labour and cash-cropping markets. They promoted ideologies which were antithetical to the world view of collectivelyoriented, subsistence agriculturalists and supportive of the individualistic, work ethic-related, capitalist system (Howard 1983a, p. 2). And they gained monopoly control over the production and marketing of a territory’s produce on the one hand, and the introduction and sale of consumer goods therein on the other.

177), although the scope of this chapter does not permit extended reference to these other forces. Traditional Solomon Islands ‘society’ The Solomon Islands are for the most part high, rugged, jungle-clad islands. The inhabitants on the eve of sustained contact with the European world were mainly of Melanesian stock, living in scattered hamlets in the interior or in tiny settlements by the sea. They were slash-and-burn horticulturalists and fisherfolk whose ‘society’ was fragmented into dozens of societies by differences in language, culture, and social organization (Lasaqa 1972, p.

In particular, they influence our expectations about the nature of interactions in the prehistoric and early historic world, where metaphors such as ‘ex oriente lux’ and ‘la rayonnement de la civilisation hellénique’ are not uncommon, and clearly betray our attitudes to the past. Thus in the case of the archaeologically and historically documented expansion of the Mediterranean world it has become common to speak in terms of ‘hellenization’ or ‘romanization’, as if such processes were natural, and Greece and Rome were naturally to be thought of as centres.

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