Social and Economic Issues in the Development of Steppe Scythia


in Classical Olbia and the Scythian World

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Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264041
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734311 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Social and Economic Issues in the Development of Steppe Scythia

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Studies of the social and economic issues of the early societies emerged from the encounter of archaeology with other disciplines which are concerned with the sociological aspects of traditional societies. The study of Scythia or Scythology offers an extensive material that makes it a primary model of socio-economic models. This chapter aims to determine the specific features of the socio-economic development and structure of Scythia. It examines the changes in Scythia and Scythian economic history. It reviews the concepts of unity or lack of unity in Scythia to provide a better understanding on the key problems of the social, political, and economic history of Scythia. It also discusses the issues surrounding the statehood of steppe Scythians. The emphasis of the chapter is on the economic framework and the features of the development of the nomadic society in the Early Iron Age as represented in the archaeology of the Scythian culture.

Keywords: social issues; economic issues; Scythia; Scythology; socio-economic development; structure; changes in Scythia; Scythian economic history; social history; economic history

Chapter.  3626 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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