The Oxford Handbook of the State in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean

The Oxford Handbook of the State in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean

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Edited by Peter Fibiger Bang, Edited by Walter Scheidel

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 576 pages
  • Dimensions: 175mm x 251mm x 28mm | 975g
  • Publication date: 12 April 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0195188314
  • ISBN 13: 9780195188318
  • Illustrations note: 24 maps, 2 illus.
  • Sales rank: 1,109,218

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This Handbook offers a comprehensive survey of ancient state formation in western Eurasia and North Africa. Eighteen experts introduce readers to a wide variety of systems spanning 4,000 years, from the earliest known states in world history to the Roman Empire and its successors. It seeks to understand the inner workings of these states by focusing on key issues: political and military power, mechanisms of cooperation, coercion, and exploitation, the impact of ideologies, and the rise and demise of individual polities. This shared emphasis on critical institutions and dynamics invites comparative and cross-cultural perspectives. A detailed introductory review of contemporary approaches to the study of the state puts the rich historical case studies in context. Transcending conventional boundaries between ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean history and between ancient and early medieval history, this volume is of interest not only to historians but also to anthropologists, archaeologists, sociologists, and political scientists. An accessible style and up-to-date references make it an invaluable resource for scholars, students, and general readers alike.

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Author information

Peter Fibiger Bang is Associate Professor at the Saxo Institute of the University of Copenhagen. Walter Schiedel is Dickason Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University.

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"Oxford's distinguished series of handbooks on the ancient world continues to expand. This recent addition surveys the principal states in the ancient Near East and the Mediterranean from the fourth millennium BCE to the eighth century.... Each article provides an up-to-date overview of a state's political history and institutional structure and a select bibliography of current scholarship.... An excellent work. Essential."--S. M. Burstein, CHOICE

Table of contents

List of Maps ; Contributors ; Part I. INTRODUCTION ; Preface ; 1 Studying the State ; Walter Scheidel ; Part II. NEAR EASTERN STATES ; 2 Egypt ; Joseph G. Manning ; 3 Fertile Crescent City-States ; Steven Garfinkle ; 4 Mesopotamian Empires ; Gojko Barjamovic ; 5 Anatolian States ; Trevor Bryce ; 6 Jewish States ; Seth Schwartz ; 7 Iranian Empires ; Josef Wiesehofer ; Part III. AEGEAN STATES AND THEIR EXTENSIONS ; 8 Bronze Age Greece ; John Bennet ; 9 Greek City-States ; Mogens H. Hansen ; 10 Greek Multi-City States ; Ian Morris ; 11 The Greek Koinon ; Emily Mackil ; 12 Hellenistic Empires ; John Ma ; Part IV. CENTRAL MEDITERRANEAN STATES AND THEIR EXTENSIONS ; 13 Carthage ; Walter Ameling ; 14 The Roman Empire I: The Republic ; Henrik Mouritsen ; 15 The Roman Empire II: The Monarchy ; Peter F. Bang ; Part V. TRANSFORMATIONS OF THE ANCIENT STATE ; 16 The Byzantine Successor State ; John Haldon ; 17 The Germanic Successor States ; Ian Wood ; 18 The First Islamic Empire ; Chase Robinson ; Index