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By Leften Stavrianos

Designed for classes in global heritage and international Civilization, this best-selling, vintage exploration of global background takes an interdisciplinary worldwide (rather than a local or nationwide) approach—tracing these significant forces, activities, and occasions that experience had a world-wide impression. It stresses connections among the earlier, current and destiny, emphasizing the query “What does it suggest for us today?” The Seventh Edition reevaluates the process human heritage with an eye fixed towards the millennium, reflecting in its insurance the top of the chilly struggle and the dawning probabilities for a brand new form of international historical past.

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Residents of these households made and used hand-modeled figurines and produced some durable costume ornaments in pottery, shell, and stone. 2 In a few Early Formative sites, archaeologists have documented subtle distinctions in scale, sometimes accompanied by the use of distinctive materials, in some house compounds. Perhaps the best documented is the sequence of grand houses at a single location in the Mexican Pacific coast site of Paso de la Amada. There, a larger-than-normal house was rebuilt multiple times, raised on a platform of earlier construction debris, and made ever more visually prominent.

The prior ceremonies they recorded were cited as precedents in later performances through the wearing of the same costume ornament. Costume ornaments, the lasting media of fleeting embodied performance, are material testimony both to social investment of raw materials and craft skills in marked performances, and to the social evaluation of these performances as aesthetically realized repetitions of earlier precedents. Permanent representations of performances transformed the spatial and temporal reach of these social investments.

Failure of agreement is as much a part of the establishment of a common community as is agreement. Norman Whitten presents an ethnographic example from the Ecuadorian Amazon in which the skillful creation of pottery and its social evaluation are explicit bases for the formation of individual power. His ethnographic account shows that the existence of variation in the understanding of pot- , , ,   13 tery decoration is intrinsic to dynamics within the community, establishing internal differences.

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