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Amarna Diplomacy : The Beginnings of International Relations - Raymond Cohen

Amarna Diplomacy

The Beginnings of International Relations

By: Raymond Cohen (Editor), Raymond Westbrook (Editor)

Paperback Published: 23rd October 2002
ISBN: 9780801871030
Number Of Pages: 328
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Published in 1992, William L. Moran's definitive English translation, The Amarna Letters, raised as many questions as it answered. How did Pharaoh run his empire? Why did the god-king consent to deal with his fellow, mortal monarchs as equals? Indeed, why did kings engage in diplomacy at all? How did the great powers maintain international peace and order?

In Amarna Diplomacy, Raymond Cohen and Raymond Westbrook have brought together a team of specialists, both social scientists and ancient historians, to explore the world of ancient Near Eastern statecraft portrayed in the letters. Subjects discussed include Egyptian imperial and foreign policy, international law and trade, geopolitics and decision making, intelligence, and diplomacy. This book will be of interest to scholars not only of the ancient Near East and the Bible but also of international relations and diplomatic studies.

Contributors are Pinhas Artzi, Kevin Avruch, Geoffrey Berridge, Betsy M. Bryan, Raymond Cohen, Steven R. David, Daniel Druckman, Serdar GA1/4ner, Alan James, Christer JAnsson, Mario Liverani, Samuel A. Meier, William J. Murnane, Nadav Na'aman, Rodolfo Ragionieri, Raymond Westbrook, and Carlo Zaccagnini.

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The breadth of the scholarly expertise here is remarkable and certainly sheds new light on an ancient and rather arcane body of texts. -- William G. Dever * MESA Bulletin *
Fascinating reading not only for specialists on the history of the ancient Near East but for all who are interested in the making and working of international politics in general. * Archiv orientalni *
This is an important volume for any scholar of the ancient Near East. * Religious Studies Review *

Prefacep. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. xi
Table of Eventsp. xiii
Introduction: The Amarna Systemp. 1
The International System
The Great Powers' Clubp. 15
International Law in the Amarna Agep. 28
The Amarna Age: An International Society in the Makingp. 42
Realism, Constructivism, and the Amarna Lettersp. 54
Foreign Policy
The Egyptian Perspective on Mittanip. 71
Intelligence in the Amarna Lettersp. 85
Imperial Policy
Imperial Egypt and the Limits of Powerp. 101
Egypt and Her Vassals: The Geopolitical Dimensionp. 112
The Egyptian-Canaanite Correspondencep. 125
International Transactions
The Interdependence of the Great Powersp. 141
Reciprocity, Equality, and Status-Anxiety in the Amarna Lettersp. 154
Diplomacy and International Marriagesp. 165
A Social-Psychological Analysis of Amarna Diplomacyp. 174
Diplomacy
Diplomatic Signaling in the Amarna Lettersp. 191
The Diplomatic Service in Action: The Mittani Filep. 205
Amarna Diplomacy: A Full-fledged Diplomatic System?p. 212
Conclusion: The Beginnings of International Relationsp. 225
Notesp. 237
Bibliographyp. 269
Contributorsp. 287
Index of Terms and Proper Namesp. 291
Index of Sourcesp. 293
General Indexp. 299
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ISBN: 9780801871030
ISBN-10: 0801871034
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 23rd October 2002
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45

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