Amarna Diplomacy: The Beginnings of International Relations

Amarna Diplomacy: The Beginnings of International Relations

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Edited by Raymond Cohen, Edited by Raymond Westbrook

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  • Publisher: JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 330 pages
  • Dimensions: 153mm x 232mm x 20mm | 458g
  • Publication date: 23 October 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Baltimore, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0801871034
  • ISBN 13: 9780801871030
  • Illustrations note: 2 black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 793,364

Product description

Published in 1992, William L. Moran's definitive English translation, The Amarna Letters, raised as many questions as it answered. How did Pharaoh run his empire? Why did the god-king consent to deal with his fellow, mortal monarchs as equals? Indeed, why did kings engage in diplomacy at all? How did the great powers maintain international peace and order? In Amarna Diplomacy, Raymond Cohen and Raymond Westbrook have brought together a team of specialists, both social scientists and ancient historians, to explore the world of ancient Near Eastern statecraft portrayed in the letters. Subjects discussed include Egyptian imperial and foreign policy, international law and trade, geopolitics and decision making, intelligence, and diplomacy. This book will be of interest to scholars not only of the ancient Near East and the Bible but also of international relations and diplomatic studies. Contributors are Pinhas Artzi, Kevin Avruch, Geoffrey Berridge, Betsy M. Bryan, Raymond Cohen, Steven R. David, Daniel Druckman, Serdar Guner, Alan James, Christer Jonsson, Mario Liverani, Samuel A. Meier, William J. Murnane, Nadav Na'aman, Rodolfo Ragionieri, Raymond Westbrook, and Carlo Zaccagnini.

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Raymond Cohen is a professor of international relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Raymond Westbrook is a professor of ancient Near Eastern languages and literature at the Johns Hopkins University.

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The breadth of the scholarly expertise here is remarkable and certainly sheds new light on an ancient and rather arcane body of texts. -- William G. Dever MESA Bulletin Fascinating reading not only for specialists on the history of the ancient Near East but for all who are interested in the making and working of international politics in general. Archiv orientalni This is an important volume for any scholar of the ancient Near East. Religious Studies Review

Table of contents

Contents: Preface List of Abbreviations Table of Events1. Intruction: The Amarna System RAYMOND COHEN AND RAYMOND WESTBROOKI. The International System2. The Great Power's Club MARIO LIVERANI 3. International Law in the Amarna Age RAYMOND WESTBROOK 4. The Amarna Age: An International Society in the Making RODOLFO RAGIONIERI 5. Realism, Contructivism, and the Amarna Letters STEVEN R. DAVIDII. Foreign Policy6. The Egyptian Perspective on Mittani BETSY M. BRYAN 7. Intelligence in the Amarna Letters RAYMOND COHENIII. Imperial Policy8. Imperial Egypt and the Limits of Power WILLIAM J. MURANE 9. Egypt and Her Vassals: The Geopolitical Dimension ALAN JAMES 10. The Egyptian-Canaanite Correspondence NADAV NA'AMANIV. International Transactions11. The Interdependence of the Great Powers CARLO ZACCAGNINI 12. Reciprocity, Equality, and Status-Anxiety in the Amarna Letters KEVIN AVRUCH 13. Diplomacy and International Marriages SAMUEL A. MEIER 14. A Social-Psychological Analysis of Amarna Diplomacy DANIEL DRUCKMAN AND SERDAR GUNERV. Diplomacy15. Diplomatic Signaling in the Amarna Letters CHRSITER JONSSON 16. The Diplomatic Service in Action: The Mittani File PINHAS ARTZI 17. Amarna Diplomacy: A Full-fledged Diplomatic System? GEOFFREY BERRIDGE 18. Conclusion: The Beginnings of International Relations RAYMOND COHEN AND RAYMOND WESTBROOKNotes Bibliography Contributors Index of Terms and Proper Names Index of Sources General Index