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What makes civilization? : the ancient Near East and the future of the West

Author: D Wengrow
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
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Renowned archaeologist David Wengrow creates here a vivid new account of the "birth of civilization" in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, bringing together within a unified history the first two nations where people created cities, kingdoms, and monumental temples to the gods. But civilization, Wengrow argues, is not exclusively about large-scale settlements and endeavors. Just as important are the ordinary but  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: D Wengrow
ISBN: 9780192805805 0192805800
OCLC Number: 573152414
Description: xx, 217 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps, plans ; 21 cm
Contents: Chronology chart --
Introduction: A clash of civilizations? --
pt. 1. The cauldron of civilization --
Camouflaged borrowings --
On the trail of blue-haired gods --
Neolithic worlds --
The (first) global village --
Origin of cities --
From the Ganges to the Danube : the Bronze Age --
Cosmology and commerce --
The labours of kingship --
pt. 2. Forgetting the old regime --
Enlightenment from a dark source --
Ruined regimes : Egypt at the revolution --
Conclusion: What makes civilization?
Responsibility: David Wengrow.

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