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Uruk Mesopotamia and Its Neighbors: Cross-cultural Interactions in the Era of State Formation (School for Advanced Research Advanced Seminar Series)

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ISBN-13: 978-1930618039
ISBN-10: 1930618034
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The authors begin with a new chronology that has wide-reaching implications for future study, then focus on the spread of Uruk culture in terms of local developments and regional networks rather than an imposition from a politically dominant center. Traditional views of Uruk civilization have largely overlooked the cultural diversity in this broad geographical setting as well as the complex dynamics by which cultural elements were disseminated. Recent archaeological discoveries, radiocarbon data, and innovative theoretical approaches to world systems have called for a general reassessment of this crucial period. This closely integrated set of papers preserves an exciting sense of history in the re-making. --S. Langdon, CHOICE, November 2002

a seminal interim contribution to specialists' understanding of Mesopotamia and early complex societies. --Richard Zettler, Religious Studies Review

Uruk Mesopotamia & Its Neighbors offers readers important new data and compelling interpretations of the era of state formation in Greater Mesopotamia. --Elizabeth Carter, Science 296 (7 June 2002)

…a seminal interim contribution to specialists' understanding of Mesopotamia and early complex societies. --Richard Zettler, Religious Studies Review

Uruk Mesopotamia & Its Neighbors offers readers important new data and compelling interpretations of the era of state formation in Greater Mesopotamia. --Elizabeth Carter, Science 296 (7 June 2002)
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Product Details

  • Series: School for Advanced Research Advanced Seminar Series
  • Paperback: 582 pages
  • Publisher: School for Advanced Research Press (December 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930618034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930618039
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,195,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book really is an incredible, informative read. Collecting experts on the Uruk period from across the world, we finally have a coherant, balanced account that gives an excellent overview of the strides in development that have been made Uruk scholarship over the last decade. Each essay takes a slightly different view and focus, which together provides a whole new picture of early Mesopotamia society; it also highlights the areas in which further research is needed, for many of these experts disagree with each other to varying degrees. What we have here is not a definitive, absolute history but instead a thought-provoking collection that illustrates the new understanding that is slowly emerging and re-writing what was assumed about the period. Most striking is that, for example, Algaze's "World System" theory is remarkably out of date in light of archeological development made in the decade since that explanation was first proposed.

This book, it should be noted, is for the expert; it is not written with the layman in mind, and it is often very technical as well. For those who wish to learn about the society of early Mesopotamia, a general, working knowledge is pretty much a required prerequisite to fully understand much of the content here. However, for those looking for a closer look at a fascinating period, this book is a remarkable, illuminating and informative read that brings the new research out of the more obscure pages of archeological journals and into a more available format. I cannot say enough good things about this book.
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"Uruk..." is a collection of scientific articles. The articles were written by leading scientists. The book discusses the rise of an urban way of life and the rise of Western civilization in the fourth millennium BC, the so-called Uruk period; the name Uruk period comes from the city of Uruk (Biblical Erech) in ancient Sumer (present-day Iraq). It discusses more or less new data and more or less new theories which make sense of the data. The different articles highlight different aspects or different regions of the ancient Middle East during the fourth millenium BC. Pre-knowledge is required to understand the book, but I'm not an expert and found it easy to read.
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