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The Dynamics of Ancient Empires
The Dynamics of Ancient Empires
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The Dynamics of Ancient Empires
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Transcending ethnic, linguistic & religious boundaries, early empires shaped 1000s of years of history. Yet despite the global prominence of empire, individual cases are often studied in isolation. This series changes the debate's terms by promoting cross-cultural, comparative & transdisciplinary perspectives on imperial state formation prior to European colonial expansion. The world's 1st known empires took shape in Mesopotamia between the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea &…
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Transcending ethnic, linguistic & religious boundaries, early empires shaped 1000s of years of history. Yet despite the global prominence of empire, individual cases are often studied in isolation. This series changes the debate's terms by promoting cross-cultural, comparative & transdisciplinary perspectives on imperial state formation prior to European colonial expansion. The world's 1st known empires took shape in Mesopotamia between the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea & the Persian Gulf, beginning around 2350 BCE. The next 2500 years witnessed sustained imperial growth, bringing a growing share of humanity under the control of ever-fewer states. 2000 years ago, four powers--Roman, Parthian, Kushan & Han--ruled perhaps 2/3s of Earth's population. Yet despite empires' prominence in the early history of civilization, there have been few attempts to study the dynamics of ancient empires in the western Old World comparatively. Such grand comparisons were popular in the 18th century, but scholars then had only Greek, Latin & Hebrew texts as evidence, & necessarily framed the problem in different, more limited, terms. Near Eastern texts, & knowledge of their languages, only appeared appreciably in the later 19th century. Neither Karl Marx nor Max Weber could make much use of this material. Not until the 1920s were there enough archeological data to make syntheses of early European & W. Asian history possible. But one consequence of the increase in empirical knowledge was that 20th-century scholars generally defined the disciplinary & geographical boundaries of their specialties more narrowly than their Enlightenment predecessors, shying from large questions & cross-cultural comparisons. As a result, Greek & Roman empires have largely been studied in isolation from those of the Near East. This volume is designed to address these deficits & encourage dialog across disciplinary boundaries by examining the fundamental features of the successive & partly overlapping imperial states that dominated much of the Near East & the Mediterranean in the 1st millennia BCE & CE. A substantial introductory discussion of recent thought on the mechanisms of imperial state formation prefaces the five newly commissioned case studies of the Neo-Assyrian, Achaemenid Persian, Athenian, Roman & Byzantine empires. A final chapter draws on the findings of evolutionary psychology to improve understanding of ultimate causation in imperial predation & exploitation in a wide range of historical systems. Contributors include John Haldon, Jack Goldstone, Peter Bedford, Josef Wiesehofer, Ian Morris, Walter Scheidel & Keith Hopkins, whose Roman political economy essay was completed just before his 2004 death.
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Transcending ethnic, linguistic & religious boundaries, early empires shaped 1000s of years of history. Yet despite the global prominence of empire, individual cases are often studied in isolation. This series changes the debate's terms by promoting cross-cultural, comparative & transdisciplinary perspectives on imperial state formation prior to European colonial expansion. The world's 1st known empires took shape in Mesopotamia between the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea & the Persian Gulf, beginning around 2350 BCE. The next 2500 years witnessed sustained imperial growth, bringing a growing share of humanity under the control of ever-fewer states. 2000 years ago, four powers--Roman, Parthian, Kushan & Han--ruled perhaps 2/3s of Earth's population. Yet despite empires' prominence in the early history of civilization, there have been few attempts to study the dynamics of ancient empires in the western Old World comparatively. Such grand comparisons were popular in the 18th century, but scholars then had only Greek, Latin & Hebrew texts as evidence, & necessarily framed the problem in different, more limited, terms. Near Eastern texts, & knowledge of their languages, only appeared appreciably in the later 19th century. Neither Karl Marx nor Max Weber could make much use of this material. Not until the 1920s were there enough archeological data to make syntheses of early European & W. Asian history possible. But one consequence of the increase in empirical knowledge was that 20th-century scholars generally defined the disciplinary & geographical boundaries of their specialties more narrowly than their Enlightenment predecessors, shying from large questions & cross-cultural comparisons. As a result, Greek & Roman empires have largely been studied in isolation from those of the Near East. This volume is designed to address these deficits & encourage dialog across disciplinary boundaries by examining the fundamental features of the successive & partly overlapping imperial states that dominated much of the Near East & the Mediterranean in the 1st millennia BCE & CE. A substantial introductory discussion of recent thought on the mechanisms of imperial state formation prefaces the five newly commissioned case studies of the Neo-Assyrian, Achaemenid Persian, Athenian, Roman & Byzantine empires. A final chapter draws on the findings of evolutionary psychology to improve understanding of ultimate causation in imperial predation & exploitation in a wide range of historical systems. Contributors include John Haldon, Jack Goldstone, Peter Bedford, Josef Wiesehofer, Ian Morris, Walter Scheidel & Keith Hopkins, whose Roman political economy essay was completed just before his 2004 death.

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