Review: Ludomir R. Lozny, Prestate Societies of the North Central European Plains, 600 – 900 CE. New York: Springer 2013, 96 pp. ISBN 978-1-4614-6814-1 (Springer Briefs in Anthropology: Human Ecology)
This slim book is rich in content and ideas. Thanks to good forethought and logical consistency of presentation and argumentation the author managed to represent on less than a hundred pages a wide conceptually grounded panorama of the socio-political transformations on the spaces of present-day North-East Germany and North-West Poland. Abundant archaeological evidence is mainly compressed in comprehensive tables and expressed in graphic figures accompanied by brief but pithy summarizing comments in Chapters 2 and 3. The conceptual framework for the data analysis is defined explicitly in the introductory Chapter 1 and serves as a tool for clear generalizations in the closing Chapter 4 and guidelines for future research in Conclusions.