Uruk: The First City

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Equinox, 2006 - History - 97 pages
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Uruk: the First City is the first fully historical analysis of the origins of the city and of the state in southern Mesopotamia, the region providing the earliest evidence in world history related to these seminal developments. Contrasting his approach -- which has been influenced by V. Gordan Childe and by Marxist theorywith the neo-evolutionist ideas of (especially) American anthropological theory, the author argues that the innovations that took place during the Uruk period (most of the fourth millennium B.C.) were a true revolution that fundamentally changed all aspects of society and culture. This book is unique in its historical approach and its combination of archaeological and textual sources. It develops an argument that weaves together a vast amount of information and places it within a context of contemporary scholarly debates on such questions as the ancient economy and world systems.It explains the roots of these debates briefly without talking down to the reader. The book is accessible to a wider audience, while it also provides a cogent argument about the processes involved to the specialist in the field.

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User Review  - Acaerounkr - Goodreads

Mario does an excellent job of explaining complex and obscure features within history. He's able to make his, often fresh -and resultant obvious, perspective casually clear to his reader. Who is left ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nick de meersman - Goodreads

an excellent book. It gives a broad description of many aspects of life in this anciant city. Using any source available and working interdisciplinary to an extent I have rarely seen before. A must ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

Mario Liverani teaches the History of the Ancient Near East at the University of Rome 'La Sapienz'.

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