Amarna Diplomacy: The Beginnings of International Relations

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9780801861994: Amarna Diplomacy: The Beginnings of International Relations

Published in 1992, William L. Moran's definitive English translation, The Amarna Letters, raised as many questions as it answered. How did Pharaoh run his empire? Why did the god-king consent to deal with his fellow, mortal monarchs as equals? Indeed, why did kings engage in diplomacy at all? How did the great powers maintain international peace and order?

In Amarna Diplomacy, Raymond Cohen and Raymond Westbrook have brought together a team of specialists, both social scientists and ancient historians, to explore the world of ancient Near Eastern statecraft portrayed in the letters. Subjects discussed include Egyptian imperial and foreign policy, international law and trade, geopolitics and decision making, intelligence, and diplomacy. This book will be of interest to scholars not only of the ancient Near East and the Bible but also of international relations and diplomatic studies.

Contributors are Pinhas Artzi, Kevin Avruch, Geoffrey Berridge, Betsy M. Bryan, Raymond Cohen, Steven R. David, Daniel Druckman, Serdar Güner, Alan James, Christer Jönsson, Mario Liverani, Samuel A. Meier, William J. Murnane, Nadav Na'aman, Rodolfo Ragionieri, Raymond Westbrook, and Carlo Zaccagnini.

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Raymond Cohen is a professor of international relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Raymond Westbrook is a professor of ancient Near Eastern languages and literature at the Johns Hopkins University.

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The breadth of the scholarly expertise here is remarkable and certainly sheds new light on an ancient and rather arcane body of texts.

(William G. Dever MESA Bulletin)

Fascinating reading not only for specialists on the history of the ancient Near East but for all who are interested in the making and working of international politics in general.

(Archiv orientální)

This is an important volume for any scholar of the ancient Near East.

(Religious Studies Review)

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Buchbeschreibung Baltimore , MD : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000. Hardcover. Dustjacket.xvi, 307 p. : maps ; 24 cm. Condition : very good copy. ISBN 9780801861994[KEYWORDS: HISTORY,40 international law. Artikel-Nr. 238408

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Buchbeschreibung Buchzustand: Antiquarian. The John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore / London, 2000. XVI,307p. Original blue cloth with wrps. Wrps a bit worn. Name and a few words in red pen on free endpaper and half title. Else fine. The book presents us with a collection of sixteen essays on the diplomacy in the age of the Amarna letters (mid-fourteenth century BCE), as well as on Egyptian imperial and foreign policy; international law, relations and trade; geopolitics and decision making, and intelligence. The chapters in this volume began life as contributions to a conference held September 17-19,1996, at the Rockefeller conference center, Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio, Italy. Antiquarian. Artikel-Nr. 33487

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