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The Ancient Hawaiian State: Origins of a Political Society

Robert J. Hommon


The endogenous rise of primary states constituted a major organizational revolution, for through emulation or coercion these states served as prototypes for all subsequent large-scale, politically organized societies that have replaced and encompassed all small-scale societies. Primary states emerged before sophisticated writing systems in six generally recognized regions: Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus Valley, China, Mesoamerica, and Andean South America. This book identifies Polynesia as the seventh such region by tracing the emergence of primary states in Hawai`i that, along with the Tongan ... More

Keywords: bureaucracy, conquest, delegating, government, Hawaii, political power, Polynesia, primary state, small-scale societies, taxes, warrior-king

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199916122
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916122.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert J. Hommon, author
Former Pacific islands Support Office