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    DescriptionAmanda Podany here takes readers on a vivid tour through a thousand years of ancient Near Eastern history, from 2300 to 1300 BCE, paying particular attention to the lively interactions that took place between the great kings of the day. Allowing them to speak in their own words, Podany reveals how these Near Eastern leaders and their ambassadors devised a remarkably sophisticated system of diplomacy and of trade that extended from the Aegean Sea to Afghanistan, and from the Baltic to central Africa. The allied kings referred to one another as "brothers," kings with equal power and influence who were tied to one another through peace treaties and powerful obligations. They were also often bound together as in-laws, as a result of marrying one another's daughters. These rulers had almost never met one another in person, but they felt a strong connection-a real brotherhood-which gradually made wars between them less common. A remarkable account of a pivotal moment in world history-the establishment of international diplomacy thousands of years before the United Nations-Brotherhood of Kings offers a vibrantly written history of the region often known as the "cradle of civilization."

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    Brotherhood of Kings
    How International Relations Shaped the Ancient Near East
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Amanda H. Podany
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 432
    Width: 166 mm
    Height: 238 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 780 g
    ISBN 13: 9780195313987
    ISBN 10: 0195313984

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
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    Illustrations note
    15 halftones & maps
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    16 September 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Amanda H. Podany is Professor of History at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She is the author of The Ancient Near Eastern World (OUP).
    Review quote
    This is a lively, enjoyable book, effectively hiding the fact that it is based on an enormous amount of painstaking research. Amelie Kuhrt, History Today an attractive and accessible work. Arthur Keaveney, Les Etudes Classiques