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The Uruk world system : the dynamics of expansion of early Mesopotamian civilization

Author: Guillermo Algaze
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Archaeologists and historians have long been keenly interested in the emergence of early cities and states in the ancient Near East, particularly in the growth of early Sumerian civilization in the lowlands of Mesopotamia during the second half of the fourth millennium B.C. Most scholars have focused on the internal transformations attending this process, such as the development of new forms of spatial organization,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Guillermo Algaze
ISBN: 0226013812 9780226013817
OCLC Number: 26306576
Notes: Revision of the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Chicago, 1986.
Description: xii, 162 pages : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction. A Supraregional Perspective. Resource Procurement Strategies and Their Impact. "Momentum toward Empire" in the Uruk Period. A Conceptual Framework for the Analysis of the Evidence --
2. Uruk Sites in the Susiana Plain of Khuzestan. Geographical Framework. Mesopotamian Colonization. Chronology and Conclusions --
3. Uruk Settlements in the Syro-Mesopotamian Plains and Surrounding Highlands. Geographical Framework. Uruk Enclaves in Syro-Mesopotamia. The Strategic Rationale of Uruk Settlement in Syro-Mesopotamia. Uruk Outposts in the Periphery. The Chronology of Uruk Settlement in the Periphery --
4. The Function of Uruk Settlements in the Syro-Mesopotamian Plains and Surrounding Highlands. Gateway Communities. Uruk Materials in the Surrounding Piedmont and Highlands. Uruk Materials in the Syro-Mesopotamian Plains. The Commodities Exchanged --
5. The Late Chalcolithic Period in Syro-Mesopotamia. Chronology. Late Chalcolithic Culture and Social Integration. Relations between Uruk Enclaves and Indigenous Communities --
6. Social Change in the Northern Periphery and the Collapse of the Uruk Expansion. The Impact on Indigenous Societies. The Collapse of the Uruk Enclave Network. Early Bronze Age Sociopolitical Development in the Periphery --
7. Conclusions. The View from the Periphery: Informal Empire in the Uruk Period. The View from the Core: A World System of the Uruk Period. The Context of Expansion. Outstanding Problems and Suggestions for Further Research. Theoretical Reprise and Cross-cultural Parallels.
Responsibility: Guillermo Algaze.
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A consideration of the unprecedented and wide-ranging process of external expansion that coincided with the rapid initial crystallization of Mesopotamian civilization. The author contends that the  Read more...

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