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Early Antiquity.

Author: I M Diakonoff; Philip L Kohl; Alexander Kirjanov
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2014
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The internationally renowned Assyriologist and linguist I. M. Diakonoff has gathered the work of Soviet historians in this survey of the earliest history of the ancient Near East, Central Asia, India, and China. Diakonoff and his colleagues, nearly all working within the general Marxist historiographic tradition, offer a comprehensive, accessible synthesis of historical knowledge from the beginnings of agriculture  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Early antiquity
Chicago [u.a.] : Univ. of Chicago Pr., 1991
XXIII, 461 S.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: I M Diakonoff; Philip L Kohl; Alexander Kirjanov
ISBN: 9780226144672 0226144674
OCLC Number: 1043850156
Description: 1 online resource (486 pages)
Contents: 1. General Outline of the First Period of the History of the Ancient World and the Problem of the Ways of Development --
2. The City-States of Sumer --
3. Early Despotisms in Mesopotamia --
4. The Old Babylonian Period of Mesopotamian History --
5. Sumerian Culture --
6. The Predynastic Period and the Early and the Old Kingdoms in Egypt --
7. The Middle Kingdom of Egypt and the Hyksos Invasion --
8. The New Kingdom of Egypt --
9. The Culture of Ancient Egypt --
10. The First States in India and the Pre-Urban Cultures of Central Asia and Iran --
11. Asshur, Mitanni, and Arrapkhe --
12. Mesopotamia in the Sixteenth to Eleventh Centuries B.C. --
13. The Hittite Kingdom --
14. Syria, Phoenicia, and Palestine in the Third and Second Millennia B.C. --
15. The World of Crete and Mycenae --
16. Greece of the Eleventh to Ninth Centuries B.C. in the Homeric Epics --
17. Phoenician and Greek Colonization --
18. India, Central Asia, and Iran in the First Half of the First Millennium B.C. --
19. The First States in China --
20. China in the First Half of the First Millennium B.C. --
Maps --
Index.

Abstract:

The internationally renowned Assyriologist and linguist I. M. Diakonoff has gathered the work of Soviet historians in this survey of the earliest history of the ancient Near East, Central Asia, India, and China. Diakonoff and his colleagues, nearly all working within the general Marxist historiographic tradition, offer a comprehensive, accessible synthesis of historical knowledge from the beginnings of agriculture through the advent of the Iron Age and the Greek colonization in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea areas. Besides discussing features of Soviet historical scholarship of the ancient world, the essays treat the history of early Mesopotamia and the course of Pharaonic Egyptian civilization and developments in ancient India and China from the Bronze Age into the first millennium B.C. Additional chapters are concerned with the early history of Syria, Phoenicia, and Palestine, the Hittite civilization, the Creto-Mycenaean world, Homeric Greece, and the Phoenician and Greek colonization. This volume offers a unified perspective on early antiquity, focusing on the economic and social relations of production. Of immense value to specialists, the book will also appeal to general readers. I. M. Diakonoff is a senior research scholar of ancient history at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Leningrad Academy of Sciences. Philip L. Kohl is professor of anthropology at Wellesley College.

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