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Though the Neo-Assyrian Empire has largely been conceived of as the main actor in relations between its core and periphery, recent work on the empire’s peripheries has encouraged archaeologists and historians to consider dynamic models of interaction between Assyria and the polities surrounding it. Imperial Peripheries in the Neo-Assyrian Period focuses on the variability of imperial strategies and local responses to Assyrian power across time and space.
 
An international team of archaeologists and historians draws upon both new and existing evidence from excavations, surveys, texts, and material culture to highlight the strategies that the Neo-Assyrian Empire applied to manage its diverse and widespread empire as well as the mixed reception of those strategies by subjects close to and far from the center. Case studies from around the ancient Near East illustrate a remarkable variety of responses to Assyrian aggression, economic policies, and cultural influences. As a whole, the volume demonstrates both the destructive and constructive roles of empire, including unintended effects of imperialism on socioeconomic and cultural change.
 
Imperial Peripheries in the Neo-Assyrian Period aligns with the recent movement in imperial studies to replace global, top-down materialist models with theories of contingency, local agency, and bottom-up processes. Such approaches bring to the foreground the reality that the development and lifecycles of empires in general, and the Neo-Assyrian Empire in particular, cannot be completely explained by the activities of the core. The book will be welcomed by archaeologists of the Ancient Near East, Assyriologists, and scholars concerned with empires and imperial power in history.
 
Contributors: Stephanie H. Brown, Anna Cannavò, Megan Cifarelli, Erin Darby, Bleda S. Düring, Avraham Faust, Guido Guarducci, Bradley J. Parker
 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, In Memoriam
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. Chronology of the Ancient Near East
  2. pp. xxi-xxii
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  1. Map—Expansion of the Neo-Assyrian Empire
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. 1. Introduction: The Construction of the Imperial Periphery in Neo-Assyrian Studies
  2. Virginia R. Herrmann, Craig W. Tyson
  3. pp. 3-40
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  1. 2. At the Root of the Matter: The Middle Assyrian Prelude to Empire
  2. Bleda S. Düring
  3. pp. 41-64
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  1. 3. Empire of Conflict, Empire of Compromise: The Middle and Neo-Assyrian Landscape and Interaction with the Local Communities of the Upper Tigris Borderland
  2. Guido Guarducci
  3. pp. 65-96
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  1. 4. The Southern Levant under the Neo-Assyrian Empire: A Comparative Perspective
  2. Avraham Faust
  3. pp. 97-127
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  1. 5. Reaction, Reliance, Resistance? Judean Pillar Figurines in the Neo-Assyrian Levant
  2. Erin Darby
  3. pp. 128-149
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  1. 6. Dining under Assyrian Rule: Foodways in Iron Age Edom
  2. Stephanie H. Brown
  3. pp. 150-176
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  1. 7. Peripheral Elite as Imperial Collaborators
  2. Craig W. Tyson
  3. pp. 177-209
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  1. 8. East of Assyria? Hasanlu and the Problem of Assyrianization
  2. Megan Cifarelli
  3. pp. 210-239
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  1. 9. In the Middle of the Sea of the Setting Sun: The Neo-Assyrian Empire and Cyprus—Economic and Political Perspectives
  2. Anna Cannavò
  3. pp. 240-264
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  1. 10. Neo-Pericentrics
  2. Bradley J. Parker
  3. pp. 265-282
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 283-286
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 287-297
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781607328230
Related ISBN
9781607328223
MARC Record
OCLC
1078636857
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2019-01-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
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