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History of the Ancient near East Ca. 3000-323 Bc

ISBN-10: 0631225528
ISBN-13: 9780631225522
Edition: 2003
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Description: A straightforward & concise narrative of the complex history of the ancient Near East, this work addresses political, social & cultural developments, with in-depth discussion of key texts & sources. It includes a selection of texts in translation.

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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/9/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 313
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

A straightforward & concise narrative of the complex history of the ancient Near East, this work addresses political, social & cultural developments, with in-depth discussion of key texts & sources. It includes a selection of texts in translation.

List of Illustrations
List of Charts
List of Maps
List of Boxes
List of Documents
Acknowledgements
Author #8217;s Notes
Preface
Introductory Concerns:What is the Ancient Near East?
The Sources
Geography
Prehistoric Developments
City-States
Origins: The Uruk Phenomenon
The Origins of Cities
The Development of Writing and Administration
The #8216;Uruk Expansion #8217;
Uruk #8217;s Aftermath
Competing City-States: the Early Dynastic Period
The Written Sources and Their Historical Uses
Political Developments in South Mesopotamia
The Wider Near East
Early Dynastic Society
Scribal Culture
Political Centralization in the Late Third Millennium
The kings of Akkad
The Third Dynasty of Ur
The Near East in the Early Second Millennium
Nomads and Sedentary People
Babylonia
Assyria and the East
Mari and the West
The Growth of Territorial States in the Early Second Millennium
Shamshi-Adad and the Kingdom of Upper Mesopotamia
Hammurabi #8217;s Babylon
The Old Hittite Kingdom
The 'Dark Ages #8217;
Territorial States
The Club of the Great Powers
The Political System
Political Interactions: Diplomacy and Trade
Regional Competition: Warfare
Shared Ideologies and Social Organizations
The Western States of the Late Second Millennium
Mittani
The Hittite New Kingdom
Syria-Palestine
Kassites, Assyrians, and Elamites
Babylonia
Assyria
The Middle Elamite Kingdom
The Collapse of the Regional System and its Aftermath
The Events
Interpretation
The Aftermath
Empires
The Near East at the Start of the First Millennium
The Eastern States
The West
The Rise of Assyria
Patterns of Assyrian Imperialism
The Historical Record
Ninth Century Expansion
Internal Assyrian Decline
Assyria #8217;s World Domination
The Creation of an Imperial Structure
The Defeat of the Great Rivals
The Administration and Ideology of the Empire
Assyrian Culture
Assyria #8217;s Fall
The Medes and the Babylonians
The Medes and the Anatolian States
The Neo-Babylonian Dynasty
The Persian Empire
The Rise of Persia and its Expansion
Political Developments
Organization of the Empire
Alexander of Macedon
King Lists
Guide to Further Reading
Index

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