The Cambridge World History: Volume 3, Early Cities in Comparative Perspective, 4000 BCE-1200 CE

The Cambridge World History: Volume 3, Early Cities in Comparative Perspective, 4000 BCE-1200 CE

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From the fourth millennium BCE to the early second millennium CE the world became a world of cities. This volume explores this critical transformation, from the appearance of the earliest cities in Mesopotamia and Egypt to the rise of cities in Asia and the Mediterranean world, Africa, and the Americas. Through case studies and comparative accounts of key cities across the world, leading scholars chart the ways in which these cities grew as nodal points of pilgrimages and ceremonies, exchange, storage and redistribution, and centres for defence and warfare. They show how in these cities, along with their associated and restructured countrysides, new rituals and ceremonies connected leaders with citizens and the gods, new identities as citizens were created, and new forms of power and sovereignty emerged. They also examine how this unprecedented concentration of people led to disease, violence, slavery and subjugations of unprecedented kinds and more

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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 114 b/w illus. 13 tables
  • 1139035606
  • 9781139035606

About Norman Yoffee

Norman Yoffee is author of Myths of the Archaic State: Evolution of the Earliest Cities, States, and Civilizations (Cambridge University Press, 2005); Professor Emeritus, Departments of Near Eastern Studies and Anthropology, University of Michigan; Senior Fellow, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University. He has taught at the University of Arizona, the University of Sydney, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Oxford, and the Free University of Berlin. He is the author or editor of 13 books, over 100 articles and reviews, and more than 200 invited lectures in 33 US universities and in 22 foreign countries. He holds an honorary degree (Doctor of Letters) from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. He is also Editor of the Cambridge World Archaeology series (28 volumes).show more

Table of contents

1. Introduction: a history of the study of early cities Norman Yoffee and Nicola Terrenato; Part I. Early Cities as Arenas of Performance: 2. Ancient Egyptian cities: monumentality and performance John Baines; 3. The dedicated city: meaning and morphology in classic Maya urbanism Stephen Houston and Thomas G. Garrison; 4. Southeast Asian urbanism: from early city to classical state Miriam Stark; 5. Cities as performance arenas John Baines, Miriam Stark, Thomas G. Garrison and Stephen Houston; Part II. Early Cities and Information Technologies: 6. Urbanization and techniques of communication: the case of the rise of the southern Mesopotamian city of Uruk during the fourth millennium BCE Hans Nissen; 7. Writing and the city in early China Wang Haicheng; 8. Reading early Maya cities: interpreting the role of writing in urbanization Danny Law; 9. Inka administration in Tawantinsuyu by means of the knotted-cords Gary Urton; 10. Writing and record-keeping in early cities Danny Law, Wang Haicheng, Hans Nissen and Gary Urton; Part III. Early Urban Landscapes: 11. Tiwanaku urban origins: distributed centers and animate landscapes John W. Janusek; 12. Mesopotamian cities and urban process, 3500-1600 BCE Geoff Emberling; 13. Teotihuacan: an early urban center in its regional context Sarah C. Clayton; 14. Urban landscapes: transforming spaces and reshaping communities Geoff Emberling, Sarah C. Clayton and John W. Janusek; Part IV. Early Cities and the Distribution of Power: 15. Ancient South Asian cities in their regions Carla M. Sinopoli; 16. Greek cities in the first millennium BCE Ian Morris and Alex R. Knodell; 17. Different cities: Jenne-jeno and African urbanism Roderick J. McIntosh; 18. The distribution of power: hierarchy and its discontents Carla M. Sinopoli, Roderick J. McIntosh, Ian Morris and Alex R. Knodell; Part V. Early Cities as Creations: 19. Baghdad, an imperial foundation (762-836 CE) Francoise Micheau; 20. Jerusalem: capital city created in stone and in imagination Ann E. Killebrew; 21. City of earth and wood: New Cahokia and its material-historical implications Timothy Pauketat, Susan M. Alt and Jeffery D. Kruchten; 22. Imagined cities Timothy R. Pauketat, Ann E. Killebrew and Francoise Micheau; Part VI. Early Imperial Cities: 23. Neo-Assyrian capital cities: from imperial headquarters to cosmopolitan cities Adelheid Otto; 24. Mexico-Tenochtitlan: origin and transformations of the last Mesoamerican imperial city Gerardo Gutierrez; 25. The archetypal imperial city: the rise of Rome and the burdens of empire Nicola Terrenato; 26. Imperial cities Nicola Terrenato, Gerardo Gutierrez and Adelheid Otto; 27. Conclusion: the meanings of early cities Norman more