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    DescriptionThe alluvial lowlands of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in southern Mesopotamia are widely known as the 'cradle of civilization' owing to the scale of the processes of urbanization that had taken place in the area by the second half of the fourth millennium BC.In "Ancient Mesopotamia at the Dawn of Civilization", Guillermo Algaze draws on the work of modern economic geographers to explore how the unique river-based ecology and geography of the Tigris-Euphrates alluvium impacted the development of urban civilization in southern Mesopotamia. He argues that these natural conditions granted southern polities significant competitive advantages over their landlocked rivals elsewhere in Southwest Asia, most importantly the ability to easily transport commodities.In due course, this resulted in increased trade and economic activity and higher population densities in the south than were possible elsewhere. As southern polities grew in scale and complexity throughout the fourth millennium, revolutionary new forms of labor organization and record keeping were created, and it is these socially created innovations, Algaze argues, that ultimately account for why fully developed city-states emerged earlier in southern Mesopotamia than elsewhere in Southwest Asia or the world.


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    Title
    Ancient Mesopotamia at the Dawn of Civilization
    Subtitle
    The Evolution of an Urban Landscape
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Guillermo Algaze
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 476 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780226013770
    ISBN 10: 0226013774
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    B&T Approval Code: A17600000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026030
    B&T Approval Code: A19504042
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAM
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A14620000
    DC22: 307.760935
    LC classification: HT114 .A524 2008
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    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAM
    BISAC region code: 2.1.8.0.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: NHF, NHC
    Edition
    1
    Illustrations note
    10 halftones, 9 maps, 6 line drawings, 1 figure, 1 table
    Publisher
    The University of Chicago Press
    Imprint name
    University of Chicago Press
    Publication date
    12 December 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago, IL
    Author Information
    Guillermo Algaze is professor of anthropology at the University of California, San Diego, and the author of The Uruk World System: The Dynamics of Expansion of Early Mesopotamian Civilization, now in its second edition from the University of Chicago Press.
    Review quote
    "This is an important and valuable distillation of Algaze's most recent thinking on the development of southern Mesopotamian society. While it is indeed a worthy complement to his earlier work, this wholly original book takes his argument much further, making a number of important theoretical points." - T.J. Wilkinson, Durham University"