An Ancient Stateless Civilization: Bronze Age India and the State in History
By Thomas J. Thompson
This article appeared in the Winter 2006 issue of The Independent Review


The urban civilization of Harappa in southern Asia flourished economically and culturally for seven centuries, leaving archeologists with artifacts galore but with no evidence of wars or threats of war—or even a state. Most likely, Harappa’s archeological uniqueness has to do with the civilization’s having generated purely voluntary government.

Other Independent Review articles by Thomas J. Thompson
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