Ancient Empires From Mesopotamia to the Rise of Islam

Ancient Empires From Mesopotamia to the Rise of Islam Ancient Empires is a relatively brief yet comprehensive even handed overview of the ancient Near East the Mediterranean Europe including the Greco Roman world late antiuity the early Muslim period Taking a focused thematic approach it aims to provoke a discussion of an explicit set of themes supplemented by the reading of ancient sources By focusing on empires imperialism as well as modes of response resistance it's relevant to current discussions about order justice freedom The book concludes that some of the ancient world's most enduring ideas value systems institutions were formulated by peoples who were resisting the great empires It analyzes the central if problematic connection between political ideological power in both empire formation resistance The intricate interrelations among ideological economic military political power are explored for every empire resisting group


7 thoughts on “Ancient Empires From Mesopotamia to the Rise of Islam

  1. Erik Graff Erik Graff says:

    Ancient Empires is intended as a college text and as that serves the purpose well on two fronts First it presents a survey history of the period from 3000 BCE to 900 CE focusing on Southwest Asian and Mediterranean empires from 900 BCE Second it serves as an introduction to historiography by means of case studies The primary cases examined are the Neo Assyrian Neo Babylonian Persian Athenian Hellenistic Roman most thoroughly covered Byzantine Sasanid Persian and Islamic Alongside are shorter treatments of the Urartians Aramaeans Carthaginians Hebrews Macedonians and others These greater and lesser illustrate a central thesis it being that empires tend to generate resistance imitation and often eventual integration at their peripheries—a thesis later pp 297 311 expanded to include monotheistic religious ideologies Another historiographical point is as regards levels of analysis The authors distinguish three At the deepest level are environmental factors something which likely accounted for the three century dark age of imperial collapse beginning in the 12th century BCE the end of the Bronze Age The surface level of analysis the subject of traditional histories is the study of the records of literate elites Intermediate to these is sociological analysis Throughout the authors utilize Michael Mann's overarching sociological model of power to explicate the formation and operation of empire the “four overlapping sources of social power” p 5 being ideological economic military and political the effective synergy of which lead to strength and viability Although these historiographical considerations run throughout they are never obtrusive Similarly although many modern—and often damning imperial parallels suggest themselves these comparisons are uite subtle the kinds of connections readers will make themselves or which may readily arise in classroom discussions Finally the very fact that so many histories are woven together between the pages of one relatively short book is itself refreshingly educational connections explicit and implicit being made between broadly diverse subject areas rarely treated so synoptically and effectively


  2. Omer Omer says:

    İEAS


  3. Derya Derya says:

    Yakındoğu Akdeniz ve Avrupa tarihini içeren nispeten kısa ama kapsamlı bir inceleme İmparatorluklar ve emperyalizmin yanı sıra karşı cephede oluşan direniş ve tepkiler üzerinde de durması günümüzdeki düzen adalet ve bağımsızlık kavramlarına ışık tutuyor


  4. Anna Anna says:

    Solid book but not written in an engaging manner Some missed opportunities and some adherence to outdated ideas eg Romanization


  5. Stephen Morrison Stephen Morrison says:

    This book is an exceptional overview of ancient history I should know I spent a year editing it for Dr Graham I also created the index using some nifty software from Cambridge University Press Basically it rocks


  6. Onurcan Ulaş Onurcan Ulaş says:

    best of its kind according to the classic archeology


  7. Yasin Çetin Yasin Çetin says:

    Giriş ile beraber 15 bölümden oluşan eser Mezopotamya'da imparatorluk fikrini oluşturabilecek dinamiklerinden Emevi Devleti'nin yıkılışına kadar konu edinir Asur İmparatorluğu Babil İmparatorluğu PersAhameniş imparatorluğu anlatıldıktan sonra İyonya ve Yunan kültür dinamikleri anlatılır Yunan kültürü etkisi içinde olan Makedonya Perslere son vererek; Doğu ve Batı arasında etkileşimi hızlandırır Yahudilik konusu da kitap boyunca satır aralarında anlatılmakla beraber Makkabiler'e küçük bir bölüm ayrılmıştır Ahameniş İmparatorluğu'nu yıkan İskender'in İmparatorluğu uzun ömürlü olmaz ve komutanları arasında bölüşülürsavaşla Hindistan'da bu dönemde tüm Hindistan'a hakim olan bir imparatorluk kurulur Kitap Roma'nın yükselişini ve Krallık'dan cumhuriyet'e geçişini konu edindikten sonra imparatorluğa dönüşmesi ve Akdeniz'e hakim olmasını anlatır Roma'nın bir başka değişimi ise Hıristiyanlığı kabul etmesidir Evrensel RomaDoğu ile evrensel Sasani İmparatorluğunun savaşımları anlatılır Bu sırada Arabistan'da yeni bir güç oluşmaktadır İslam İslam Bizans ve Zerdüşt Sasani ile mücadele eder büyük kazanımlar elde eder ve hatta Sasani devletine son verir Emevilerin son bulması ise aynı zamanda Antikçağ'ın bitimi olarak algılanırİEAS dedikleri İdeolojik Ekonomik Askeri ve Siyasi dinamikler üzerinden İmparatorlukların gelişimi ve yıkılışları açıklanmaya çalışılır Kitap boyu dinselideolojik kavramlara ağırlık verilmiş ekonomik ve askeri meseleler daha az yer kaplamıştır


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