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    DescriptionMoab was an ancient kingdom located in the highlands east of the Dead Sea, in what is now Jordan. Known primarily from references in the Hebrew Bible, Moab has long occupied a marginal position, one defined by the complex interrelationship of history, theology, and politics that underlies biblical archaeology. Moab in the Iron Age: Hegemony, Polity, Archaeology inverts this position, using Moab as the centerpiece of an extended reflection on the nature and meaning of state formation. Focusing on the state as an effect rather than a cause, Bruce Routledge examines the constitution of the kingdom over a period of some seven hundred years. In particular, he develops Antonio Gramsci's concept of hegemony by examining the ways intellectual products, such as inscriptions, public buildings, and administrative practices, transformed local cultural resources in order to construct political dominance as a moral order. Through a careful analysis that combines archaeology and textual study, Routledge demonstrates how long-established principles underlying local identities were transformed when appropriated for particular state building projects. From this, he offers insights into the realization and historical reproduction of political power in everyday life. Rich in previously unpublished material, Moab in the Iron Age reinvigorates discussions of politics and culture in early complex societies, and presents a novel approach to the study of state formation.

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    Moab in the Iron Age
    Hegemony, Polity, Archaeology
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bruce Routledge
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 31 mm
    Weight: 703 g
    ISBN 13: 9780812238013
    ISBN 10: 081223801X

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FB
    BIC subject category V2: HDD
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15520
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: REL033000
    DC22: 939/.46, 939.46, 939.4602
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: DS154.9.M6 R68 2004
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: NKD
    Illustrations note
    35 illus.
    University of Pennsylvania Press
    Imprint name
    University of Pennsylvania Press
    Publication date
    28 June 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Bruce Routledge is a Lecturer at the School of Archaeology, Classics, and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool.
    Review quote
    "From both a methodological and a theoretical point of view ... Routledge's work demonstrates the real potential of new and alternative approaches to Iron Age archaeology."-American Journal of Archeology
    Table of contents
    1. The "thingness" of the state 2. Hegemony, polity, identity 3. Land and story 4. Beginnings I : the Late Bronze Age 5. Beginnings II : the Early Iron Age 6. Structures and metaphors 7. Mesha and the naming of names 8. Replicative kingship 9. Local space in a global state 10. Once again, the state