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Pertaining to a period during a glacial stage in which the ice retreated temporarily.



a period characterized by a slight warming in the climate and a considerable reduction in ice sheets between two stages of their advance during a glaciation in the Anthropogenic (Quaternary) period.

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Such an understanding raised the possibility of a revised rather than abandoned, stadial theory, pertaining to the natural divisions within humanity itself.
Eight of the 16 OSL dates on dunes overlap at one sigma error with the Younger Dryas stadial (Fig.
In this analysis, Beattie emerges as the truly enlightened "citizen of the world," and his fellow Aberdonian, James Dunbar, author of Essays on the History of Mankind in Rude and Cultivated Ages [1780], is raised from a minor follower of Smith and Ferguson's stadial theory into the hero of Scottish Enlightenment thought on races and nations.
But where Des Jardins focuses on the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Murphy goes back even further, to the eighteenth century, when Scottish conjectural, or stadial, historians--who believed that all human societies progressed through the same stages of development, with each more advanced than the last, culminating in the commercial stage--made the treatment of women an important measure of a society's state of civilization.
the stadial theory of media technology, which models successive cultural stages from the oral and performed to writing and manuscript and from thence to print', Sandra Gustafson has recently argued.
The sediments of SU3 are fluvial in origin and, based on the dates from SU3, we suggest that the lower part of SU3 corresponds to the middle Valdaj Shestikhino stadial (Schalkholz stadial in Central Europe) and the upper part to the middle Valdaj Leningradskij interstadial in European Russia (Moershoofd-Hengelo interstadials in Central Europe) (Velichko et al.
With regard to the question of 'Magdalenian origins', as with so many others, El Miron provides the opportunity for studying how a single, highly-favorable cave location was utilized by humans over a very long period of time, across the climatic vicissitudes of Marine Isotope Stages 3, 2 and 1 -notably in the case discussed here, Greenland Stadial 2c-a-.
Private musings at the moment he finally embraced independence, Political Enquiries drew heavily on stadial theories of history associated with the Scottish Enlightenment.
This theory proposes a "progressive stadial model" of emergence of collective behaviours in general and of protests in particular (p.
13) Thompson's political hope rested simultaneously on this premise of similarity--and hence on a modified notion of stadial histories (that the history of the English Industrial Revolution would be rehearsed later in however fragmentary forms in the histories of latecomers to the game of industrialization)--and on the assumption that the success of capitalism in the West (and the authoritarianism of the Soviet system) signified a only a temporary defeat of the socialist alternative that might still be made up for in the Third World: "Causes which were lost in England might, in Asia or Africa, still be won.
Generally there were 5 instars (one larva required 6) that ranged in stadial length from 3.
Since stadial versions of progress have increasingly lost credibility as models of the experience of modernity, it is unsurprising that religious sentiment not only continues to maintain a presence in cultural output, having been translated into forms that reflect resistance to the rationalist projects that would seek to abolish it.