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By Alan Barnard

This e-book offers a definitive assessment of hunter-gatherer historiography, from the earliest anthropological writings via to the current day. What can early visions of the hunter-gatherer let us know in regards to the societies that generated them? How do varied nationwide traditions, reminiscent of American, Russian and jap, occur themselves in hunter-gatherer study? How does present pondering at the topic mirror developments in the social sciences? Answering those questions and plenty of extra, this booklet offers a much-needed overview of the background of concept on one in all science's such a lot fascinating subjects.

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For Adams, agriculture generally precedes pastoralism. He cites (erroneously, of course) a lack of agriculture in North America as the reason why the Indians there have not developed ‘the pastoral life’; though he suggests that the Laplanders, and to a lesser extent the Tartars, are forced into ‘the shepherd-state’ because of their harsh environments (1789: 12). Following a brief general discussion of ‘the shepherd-state’, Adams makes the point that hunting societies require more land, and therefore have smaller populations, than other kinds of society.

24, 1762]: 14) In the age of hunters it is impossible for a very great number to live together. As game is their only support they would soon exhaust all that was within their reach. Thirty or forty families would be the most that could live together, that is, about 140 or 150 persons. These might live by the chase in the country about them. They would also naturally form themselves into these villages, agreeing to live near together for their mutuall security. (1978 [Feb. 22, 1763]: 213) In the age of hunters there can be very little government of any sort, but what there is will be of the democraticall kind.

The first published treatment of these was in Wealth of Nations (1776), but the earliest and fullest source in his writings comes to us through his Lectures on Jurisprudence as recorded by his Glasgow students in the academic year of 1762/3. It has been suggested that he may have given some of this material in Edinburgh lectures on ‘Rhetoric and Belles Lettres’ as early as 1748, which would probably place him prior to Turgot in the development of ‘four-stage theory’ (Meek 1976: 110; cf. 1977). At any rate, let me quote from his Glasgow lectures.

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