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James C. Wright
Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899)

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars
Research Programs

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$40,000 (approved)
$24,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2006 – 6/30/2006

The Formation of Mycenaean Society: A Study in Secondary State Formation

I request support to write a book on the origins and development of Mycenaean society of Late Bronze Age Greece. This is a case study of secondary state formation. I have compiled databases of settlement and mortuary remains and have several publications considering aspects of the dynamic social and political-economic processes in the formation of Mycenaean society. My work draws upon the model of factions, ethnographic studies of transegalitarian societies, and comparative study of the rise of complex societies in archipelagos. I consider the Mycenaean polities as early micro-states and compare them to contemporaneous polities in the Eastern Mediterranean and the later Greek poleis and ethno-polities.