International Relations in the Ancient Near East

International Relations in the Ancient Near East

By (author) Mario Liverani

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The ancient civilizations of the Near East - Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, the Hittites and Canaanites - constituted the first formalized international relations system in world history. Holy wars, peace treaties, border regulations, trade relations and the extradition of refugees were problems for contemporary ambassadors and diplomats as they are at the beginning of the 21st century. Mario Liverani reconstructs the procedures of international relations in the period c.1600-1100BC using historical semiotics, communication theory and economic and political anthropology.

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  • Hardback | 261 pages
  • 154.4 x 220 x 20.6mm | 508.03g
  • 12 Jan 2002
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Basingstoke
  • English
  • maps
  • 0333761537
  • 9780333761533
  • 1,643,292

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MARIO LIVERANI is Professor of History and the Ancient Near East and Director of the Inter-University Research Centre for Saharan Archaeology at the University of Rome and of the Archaeological Mission in the Libyan Sahara. He is editor of Arid Zone Archaeology. He is the author of many books focusing on the Ancient Near East (in both English and Italian) and an active contributor to specialized journals.

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'...will be of great value both to historians...and to scholars and theorists of international relations.' - Gary Beckman, kiplinger.com

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