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A Comparison between Phase Transitions and Social Conflicts Applied to the Ancient Mesoamerican Civilizations

Juan César Flores, Pascual Izquierdo-Egea

Arqueol. Iberoam.

This study uses a phase transition perspective to reexamine the quantitative connection between social conflicts, inequality, and relative wealth. At low levels of social inequality (or large relative wealth), social conflicts do not manifest. However, once critical values of wealth and inequality are reached, conflicts appear. In pre-Hispanic Mesoamerica (1200 BC to 1520 AD), here represented by the Balsas river basin, conflicts were always present. Indeed, in the period from 200 to 650 AD (Early Classic) social conflicts reached their lowest level, only slightly above the critical value.

Phase transitions; social conflicts; ancient Mesoamerican civilizations.

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Flores, J. C., P. Izquierdo-Egea. 2018.
Una comparación entre transiciones de fase y conflictos sociales aplicada a las antiguas civilizaciones mesoamericanas. Arqueología Iberoamericana 38: 50-54.

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Publication date: May 18, 2018.

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