Urbanization and state formation on the northern Silk Road: The Dzhankent Project
Report on state of research project on the early medieval town of Dzhankent (Kazakhstan)
Discussion of the motives for including objects in early medieval graves in Western and Central Europe, using archaeological evidence, ethnographic and modern analogies, and written sources. It is suggested that in many cases, several motives were at play in the case of any individual grave, with different motives for different artefacts, offered possibly by different mourners.
The book presents multidisciplinary analysis of the various manifestations of post-urban processes in modern society, the scientific understanding of a wide range of issues: the socio-economic and cultural effects and consequences of urbanization are highlighted, features and prospects of ruralization, return migration, the search for new non-urban way of lifestyles in urbanized countries, downshifting and upshifting, the role of modern technology in these processes are described. Special attention is paid to research value grounds, which are largely stem and supported by the space of the modern city.
The book is of interest to a wide range of scientists in humanities disciplines, in particular, sociologists, economists, psychologists, philosophers, cultural studies, political scientists, geographers. The book focuses scientific attention on the new cluster of studies.
The chapter proposes a wide overview of social processes in the nineteenth-century world. First of all, with all the exceptions also treated in the chapter, it deals with urbanization, democratization and the formation of capitalist classes and class conscience.