Regime Change in the Ancient Near East and Egypt: From Sargon of Agade to Saddam Hussein

Hardcover | April 19, 2007

EditorHarriet Crawford

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The manner in which government practices and personnel survive the violent disruption of regime change is an issue of current relevance, yet is a subject which has largely been ignored by modern scholarship. These essays, covering more than four thousand years of history, discuss thecontinuity of administration and royal iconography in successful changes of regime in Egypt, Mesopotamia and Iran.Recurring patterns are identified in ten case studies, ranging from late third millennium Mesopotamia to early Islamic Egypt. A summary of the recent history of Iraq suggests that these regularities have lessons for the modern geopolitics of today.

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The manner in which government practices and personnel survive the violent disruption of regime change is an issue of current relevance, yet is a subject which has largely been ignored by modern scholarship. These essays, covering more than four thousand years of history, discuss thecontinuity of administration and royal iconography i...

Harriet Crawford is Honorary Visiting Professor, Institute of Archaeology, University College London and Research Fellow McDonald Institute, Cambridge.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.69 × 7.4 × 0.83 inPublished:April 19, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Harriet Crawford: Steady States: Introduction and acknowledgementsPart I: Mesopotamia and Iran2. Richard Zettler: Dynastic change and institutional administration in Southern Mesopotamia in the latter 3rd millennium BCE: Evidence from seals and sealing practices3. Kathryn E. Slanski: The Mesopotamian 'Rod and Ring': Icon of Righteous Kingship and Balance of Power between Palace and Temple4. Tonia Sharlach: Social Change and the Transition from the Third Dynasty of Ur to the Old Babylonian Kingdoms c.2112-1595 BCE5. Michael Jursa: The Transition of Babylonia from the Neo-Babylonian Empire to Achaemenid Rule6. Erica Ehrenberg: Persian conquerors, Babylonian captivators7. Sheila Canby: The Royal Hunt in Islamic Art: a symbol of power or the power of a symbol?Part II: Egypt8. Stephen Quirke: The Hyksos in Egypt 1600 BCE: New Rulers without an Administration9. Robert Morkot: Tradition, innovation and researching the past in Libyan, Kushite, and Saite Egypt10. Alan Bowman: Egypt and the Graeco-Roman world: from Ptolemaic Kingdom to Roman Province11. Petra Sijpesteijn: New Rule over Old Structures: Egypt after the Muslim ConquestAfterword12. Peter Sluglett: Regime Change in Iraq from the Mongols to the Present: An Essay in haute vulgarisation