nomadism as a political adaptation: the case of the Yomut Turkmen

WILLIAM IRONS*

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Abstract

An examination of the economy and political system of the Yomut Turkmen indicates that for this group nomadism was not an adaptation to economic conditions, but rather was a means of increasing military effectiveness. A broader implication discussed briefly is that among the Yomut the pressure of endemic warfare led to a harsh form of natural selection favoring all patterns of behavior which increased military prowess. 1974 American Anthropological Association

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)635-658
Number of pages24
JournalAmerican Ethnologist
Volume1
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1974

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In: American Ethnologist, Vol. 1, No. 4, 01.01.1974, p. 635-658.

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