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Early Mesopotamia : Society and Economy at the Dawn of History - Nicholas Postgate

Early Mesopotamia

Society and Economy at the Dawn of History

Paperback Published: 10th July 1994
ISBN: 9780415110327
Number Of Pages: 392

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Old World civilisation began in the Near East, in the Nile Valley and in Mesopotamia, where two very different cultures prospered. Egypt, isolated as it was within the Nile Valley, largely failed to export its culture. Early Mesopotamia, however, exerted its influence throughout the Near Eastern world. Postgate's book assesses the influence of this fascinating culture, examining modern scholarship in the light of archaeological discovery. Early Mesopotamia has left us with an abundance of inscribed clay tablets from a wide variety of sources, from government institutions and diplomatic correspondence, to legal proceedings and private correspondence. With the help of illustrations and quotations from these documents, Postgate reveals the organisation of the world's first urban society. Surprisingly modern at times, this ancient culture was technologically and socially innovative, as well as acutely self-analytical and dominated by bureaucracy and commerce. One of the strengths of this book is the integration of historical and archaeological data which until now has been largely scattered in specialist literature.

"This discussion is not just an excellent introduction to the subject: it is full of insights and evidence of the breadth of Postgate's scholarship." -"History Today "Postgate has written the finest available introduction to the ancient world of Mesopotamia. . . . Postgate successfully accomplishes what few others have achieved, namely, a narrative depiction of the lifeways of the people of early Mesopotamia: their law, warfare, crafts, trade, technological achievements, and their political and religious ideologies. . . . Essential reading for all interested in the ancient past." -"Choice

Preface
Prologue
Setting the scene
The land and the life
The political framework
The written record
The institutions
City and countryside
Household and family
The temple
The palace
The economic order
Crops and livestock
Water and land
The domestic economy
Foreign Trade
The Social Order
Craft and labour
War and peace
Religion and politics
Laws and the law
Order and disorder
Epilouge
Footnotes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780415110327
ISBN-10: 0415110327
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 10th July 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.64 x 19.05  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.7
Edition Number: 1