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    DescriptionThe recent reopening of Iraq's National Museum attracted worldwide attention, underscoring the country's dual image as both the cradle of civilization and a contemporary geopolitical battleground. A sweeping account of the rich history that has played out between these chronological poles, "From Mesopotamia to Iraq" looks back through ten thousand years of the region's deeply significant yet increasingly overshadowed past. Hans J. Nissen and Peter Heine begin by explaining how ancient Mesopotamian inventions - including urban society, a system of writing, and mathematical texts that anticipated Pythagoras - profoundly influenced the course of human history. These towering innovations, they go on to reveal, have sometimes obscured the major role Mesopotamia continued to play on the world stage. Alexander the Great, for example, was fascinated by Babylon and eventually died there. Seventh-century Muslim armies made the region one of their first conquests outside the Arabian peninsula. And the Arab caliphs who ruled for centuries after the invasion built the magnificent city of Baghdad, attracting legions of artists and scientists. Tracing the evolution of this vibrant country into a contested part of the Ottoman Empire, a twentieth-century British colony, a republic ruled by Saddam Hussein, and the democracy it has become, Nissen and Heine repair the fragmented image of Iraq that has come to dominate our collective imagination. In hardly any other continuously inhabited part of the globe can we chart such developments in politics, economy, and culture across so extended a period of time. By doing just that, the authors illuminate nothing less than the forces that have made the world what it is today.

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    From Mesopotamia to Iraq
    A Concise History
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Hans J. Nissen, By (author) Peter Heine, Translated by Hans J. Nissen
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 139 mm
    Height: 215 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 236 g
    ISBN 13: 9780226586649
    ISBN 10: 0226586642

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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
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    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS026000
    B&T Approval Code: A15300000
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
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    LC classification: DS71 .N5713 2009
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    Illustrations note
    52 halftones, 42 line drawings, 1 table
    The University of Chicago Press
    Imprint name
    University of Chicago Press
    Publication date
    30 September 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago, IL
    Author Information
    Hans J. Nissen is professor of ancient Near Eastern archaeology at the Free University of Berlin. Peter Heine is professor of Near Eastern studies at Humboldt University of Berlin.
    Review quote
    "Without any doubt... an original and coherent synthesis of 7,000 years of political evolution.... Nissen has provided us with a creative and challenging overview of political evolution in an area of the world commonly referred to as the 'cradle of civilization.'" - Science "This outstanding book traces in less than two hundred pages some 7,000 years of ancient Near Eastern history.... Filled with original ideas of lasting significance." - Choice"