The Oxford Handbook of the State in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean

Paperback | May 30, 2016

EditorPeter Fibiger Bang, Walter Scheidel

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The Oxford Handbook of the State in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean offers a comprehensive survey of ancient state formation in western Eurasia and North Africa. Eighteen experts introduce readers to a wide variety of systems spanning 4,000 years, from the earliest known states inworld history to the Roman Empire and its immediate successors. They seek to understand the inner workings of these states by focusing on key issues: political and military power, the impact of ideologies, the rise and fall of individual polities, and the mechanisms of cooperation, coercion, andexploitation. This shared emphasis on critical institutions and dynamics invites comparative and cross-cultural perspectives. A detailed introductory review of contemporary approaches to the study of the state puts the rich historical case studies in context. Transcending conventional boundariesbetween ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean history and between ancient and early medieval history, this volume will be of interest not only to historians but also anthropologists, archaeologists, sociologists, and political scientists. Its accessible style and up-to-date references will make itan invaluable resource for both students and scholars.

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The Oxford Handbook of the State in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean offers a comprehensive survey of ancient state formation in western Eurasia and North Africa. Eighteen experts introduce readers to a wide variety of systems spanning 4,000 years, from the earliest known states inworld history to the Roman Empire and its immed...

Peter Fibiger Bang is Associate Professor at the Saxo Institute of the University of Copenhagen. Walter Schiedel is Dickason Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 9.72 × 6.73 × 0.68 inPublished:May 30, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190499338

ISBN - 13:9780190499334

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"Oxford's distinguished series of handbooks on the ancient world continues to expand. This recent addition surveys the principal states in the ancient Near East and the Mediterranean from the fourth millennium BCE to the eighth century.... Each article provides an up-to-date overview of astate's political history and institutional structure and a select bibliography of current scholarship.... An excellent work. Essential." --S. M. Burstein, CHOICE