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

Edited by Gregory E. Areshian

ISBN: 978-0-917956-34-8 (paper)

Publication Date: June 2013

Series: Ideas, Debates, and Perspectives 7

Price: US $49.95 paper

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For more than four thousand years, empires have been geographically the largest polities on Earth, which in many respects have been shaping human past and present in different epochs and on different continents. This book contributes to the de-Westernization of the scholarly criticism of empires and imperialism by exploring the variability in imperial formations and interactions between the conquerors and the conquered, the enormous diversity in existing data, and the imperative to develop interdisciplinary research in order to construct adequate interpretations. 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 the theory of agency and an understanding of specific contexts for human actions.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Variability and Complexity in Multidisciplinary Studies of Empire by Gregory E. Areshian
  • Chapter 1 - 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
  • Chapter 2 - Monuments of Resistance: Gurgum and the Assyrian Conquest by Lynn Swartz Dodd
  • Chapter 3 - Revenge of the Kushites: Assimilation and Resistance in Egypt’s New Kingdom Empire and Nubian Ascendancy over Egypt by Stuart Tyson Smith
  • Chapter 4 - An Archaeology of Hegemony: The Achaemenid Empire and the Remaking of the Fortress in the Armenian Highlands by Lori Khatchadourian
  • Chapter 5 - Sasanian Imperialism and the Shaping of Armenian Identity: Interdisciplinary Verification and Ambivalence of Empire–Nation Relationshi by Gregory E. Areshian
  • Chapter 6 - 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
  • Chapter 7 - Binding the Imperial Whole: The Transition from Capital to Province in the Inka Imperial Heartland by R. Alan Covey
  • Chapter 8 - In the Shadow of the Great Khan by Naindeep Chann
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