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What Makes Civilization? : the Ancient Near East and the Future of the West.

Author: David Wengrow
Publisher: Oxford : OUP Oxford, 2010.
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In What Makes Civilization?, archaeologist David Wengrow provides a vivid new account of the 'birth of civilization' in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia (today's Iraq). These two regions, where many foundations of modern life were laid, are usually treated in isolation. Now, they are brought together within a unified history of how people first created cities, kingdoms, and monumental temples to the gods. But  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Wengrow, David.
What Makes Civilization? : The Ancient Near East and the Future of the West.
Oxford : OUP Oxford, ©2010
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Wengrow
ISBN: 9780191585036 0191585033
OCLC Number: 646788807
Description: 1 online resource (238 pages)
Contents: Contents; List of Maps and Illustrations; Chronology Chart; Preface and Acknowledgements; Introduction: A Clash of Civilizations?; PART I: THE CAULDRON OF CIVILIZATION; PART II: FORGETTING THE OLD REGIME; Conclusion: What Makes Civilization?; Further Reading; Picture Acknowledgements; Index.

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In What Makes Civilization?, archaeologist David Wengrow provides a vivid new account of the 'birth of civilization' in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia (today's Iraq). These two regions, where many foundations of modern life were laid, are usually treated in isolation. Now, they are brought together within a unified history of how people first created cities, kingdoms, and monumental temples to the gods. But civilization, as Wengrow shows, is not only about such grand monuments. Just as importantly, it is also about the ordinary but fundamental practices of everyday life that we might take for g.

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