Empires and Diversity: On the Crossroads of Archaeology, Anthropology, and History


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Series: Ideas, Debates, and Perspectives 7
ISBN: 978-0-917956-34-8
Publication Date: Jun 2013
Price: Pb $49.95, eBook $20
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Gregory E. Areshian

For more than four thousand years, empires have been geographically the largest polities on Earth, shaping in many respects the human past and present in different epochsand on different continents. 

Empires and Diversity

Covering the time span from the second millennium BCE to the sixteenth century CE, and geographic areas from China to South America, the case studies included in this volume demonstrate the necessity to combine perspectives from the longue durée and global comparativism with Han Dynasty Chinese, Inka, and Mughal empiresthe theory of agency and an understanding of specific contexts for human actions. Contributions from leading scholars examine salient aspects of the Hittite, Assyrian, Ancient Egyptian, Achaemenid and Sasanian Iranian, Zhou toeograph.

Table of Contents
  • Introduction: Variability and Complexity in Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Studies of Empires by Gregory E. Areshian
  • Ch. 01: Negotiating Empire: A Comparative Investigation into the Responses to Hittite Imperialism by the Vassal State of Ugarit and the Kaska Peoples of Pontic Anatolia by Claudia Glatz
  • Ch. 02: Monuments of Resistance: GurGum and the Assyrian Conquest by Lynn Swartz Dodd
  • Ch. 03: Revenge of the Kushites: Assimilation and Resistance in Egypt’s New Kingdom Empire and Nubian Ascendancy over Egypt by Stuart Tyson Smith
  • Ch. 04: An Archaeology of Hegemony: the Achaemenid Empire and the Remaking of the Fortress in the Armenian Highlands by Lori Khatchadouria
  • Ch. 05: Sasanian Imperialism and the Shaping of Armenian Identity: Interdisciplinary Verification and Ambivalence of Empire– Nation Relationship by Gregory E. Areshian
  • Ch. 06: Expansion of the Chinese Empire into its Northern Frontier (ca. 500 BCE– 0 CE): A Case Study from South-Central Inner Mongolia by Gregory G. Indrisano and Katheryn M. Linduff
  • Ch. 07: Binding the Imperial Whole: The Transition from Capital to Province in the Inka Imperial Heartland by R. Alan Covey
  • Ch. 08: In the Shadow of the Khan by Naindeep Chann