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What the Iberian Copper Age can tell us about peasant societies, and vice versa





The organizer’s invitation to participate in the 2018 edition of Archeology and History of Peasantry seminars placed me face to face with the term ‘peasants’ years after I had abandoned it, mainly as a consequence of my uneasiness with the way it had been applied to the Late Prehistory of Iberia. The text that follows is in some ways a reappraisal of my own statements but, most of all, is a political economic interpretation of the reasons why I believe that Iberian Copper Age societies did not develop the material conditions necessary to allow the systematic and permanent exploitation of the primary producer through extra-economic means. Research has been funded by the Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades de España, Project TRIBE- The times and uses of Iberian ditched enclosures (PGC2018-095506-BI00). Antonio Gilman, Jess Beck, Isabel Martínez Navarrete, Antonio Uriarte and Juan Vicent provided essential support and critical comments during the production of the manuscript.

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