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    DescriptionThis ground-breaking study is the first to employ modern international relations theory to place Roman militarism and expansion of power within the broader Mediterranean context of interstate anarchy. Arthur M. Eckstein challenges claims that Rome was an exceptionally warlike and aggressive state - not merely in modern but in ancient terms - by arguing that intense militarism and aggressiveness were common among all Mediterranean polities from ca 750 B.C. onwards. In his wide-ranging and masterful narrative, Eckstein explains that international politics in the ancient Mediterranean world was, in political science terms, a multipolar anarchy: international law was minimal, and states struggled desperately for power and survival by means of warfare.Eventually, one state, the Republic of Rome, managed to create predominance and a sort of peace. Rome was certainly a militarized and aggressive state, but it was successful not because it was exceptional in its ruthlessness, Eckstein convincingly argues; rather, it was successful because of its exceptional ability to manage a large network of foreign allies, and to assimilate numerous foreigners within the polity itself. This book shows how these characteristics, in turn, gave Rome incomparably large resources for the grim struggle of states fostered by the Mediterranean anarchy - and hence they were key to Rome's unprecedented success.

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    Mediterranean Anarchy, Interstate War, and the Rise of Rome
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Arthur M. Eckstein
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 394
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    ISBN 13: 9780520259928
    ISBN 10: 0520259920

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Abridged Dewey: 930
    LC classification: DE
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15520
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    DC22: 937.02
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MEDITR
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAR
    Thema V1.0: NHD, NHC
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    Illustrations note
    3 maps
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    07 April 2009
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    Author Information
    Arthur M. Eckstein is Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park, and the author of Moral Vision in the Histories of Polybius and Senate and General: Individual Decision Making and Roman Foreign Relations, 264-194 B.C., both from UC Press.
    Review quote
    "As a classicist, I read [Eckstein's] book with delight... I hope that this book will stimulate the production of other similarly sophisticated studies." -- James Quillin Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR) 20090625
    Table of contents
    Acknowledgments Abbreviations Maps 1. Political Science and Roman History 2. Realist Paradigms of Interstate Behavior 3. The Anarchic Structure of Interstate Relations in Classical Greece 4. The Anarchic Structure of Interstate Relations in Hellenistic Age 5. Terrores Multi: The Rivals of Rome for Power in Italy and the Western Mediterranean 6. Rome and Roman Militarism within the Anarchic Interstate System 7. Roman Exceptionalism and Nonexceptionalism Appendix to Chapter 6: Roman Commanding Generals Killed in Battle with Foreign Enemies, 340s-140s BC Bibliography Index