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The Mechanics of Empire
The Northern Frontier of Assyria as a Case Study in Imperial Dynamics

by Bradley J. Parker
Helsinki 2001 • 8.5 x 11 in • Pp. xx + 348
Paper • $124.00 • ISBN 951-45-9052-X
An archaelogical/textual study of the cultural interactions on the periphery of an expanding empire in the Neo-Assyrian period, The Mechanics of Empire utilizes the vast corpus of archaeological and textual data from the Mesopotamian Iron Age (ca. 1000-600 BC) to address current debates about ancient imperialism. The importance of this work reaches far beyond historical reconstruction to offer significant new insights into the nature of frontiers, secondary state formation, cultural contact, imperialism and colonialism in the ancient world.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Sources and Methodologies
Chapter 3: The Transformation of the Imperial Frontier: The Cizre Plain
Chapter 4: Cultures of the Imperial Periphery: The Bohtan and Garzan River Valleys
Chapter 5: On the Edge of Empire: The Upper Tigris and Batman River Valleys
Chapter 6: Conclusions
Appendix A: Archaeological Data

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