A Roster of Civilizations and Culture

A Roster of Civilizations and Culture

A Roster of Civilizations and Culture

A Roster of Civilizations and Culture

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IN 1957, Professor Kroeber began to set down in outline and introductory, though concrete, form the material that comprises his "Roster of Civilizations and Culture." Though encouraged and strongly urged on by friends and colleagues, other commitments and activities intervened, and he was unable to complete the task he had set for himself. The material here presented is that which Kroeber left in his file marked Roster of Civilizations. Editorial activity has seemed mostly gratuitous and has been kept at a minimum. The material has been arranged in the fashion which Kroeber's outline and common sense dictated. Some of the sections, such as the Introduction and that on Minor Civilizations in North America, were in completed form and needed nothing save perhaps an omitted place or name, which have been added as brackets indicate. Other sections, such as those on Science and Divination, were scarcely begun. It seemed well to include them because they are pertinent to the more complete material included here and because they further clarify what Kroeber had in mind. These sketches are reproduced in italics, exactly as he left them. The square brackets appearing in the Table of Contents are reproduced from the original manuscript and presumably indicate some uncertainty in Professor Kroeber's mind as to what the final heading should be.

Two sections, Presences and Absences: Old and New World Civilizations and Time Profile, are included here as appendices. Though they obviously are not a part of the Substantive Roster, Kroeber included them in the file with the other material. They are complete in themselves; that they are pertinent to "A Roster of Civilizations and Culture" is obvious.

CHARLES A. LE GUIN

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