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Empires
Perspectives from Archaeology and History

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Susan E. Alcock, Carla M. Sinopoli, Terence N. D'Altroy, Kathleen D. Morrison, Thomas J. Barfield, Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Katharina Schreiber, Amelie Kuhrt, Michael E. Smith, Kathleen Deagan, Robert Morkot, Elizabeth M. Brumfiel, Greg Woolf, Robin Yates, Mario Liverani, John Moreland, Sabine MacCormack
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  • Date Published: June 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521112345

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  • Empires were the largest political systems of the ancient and early modern world. Empires have "risen" and "fallen" in all parts of the globe over several millennia, yet there has been surprisingly little comparative analysis of them. This book is designed to fill that gap by bringing together distinguished scholars in anthropology, archaeology, history, and the classics. The empires discussed are drawn from Central and South America, the Mediterranean, Europe, the Near East, South East Asia, and China, ranging from the first millennium BC to the early modern era.

    • Up-to-date analyses by recognized specialists in their fields
    • Representation and integration of multiple disciplines: anthropology, classics, history, art history
    • Comparative analysis over a large breadth of case studies
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    • Date Published: June 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521112345
    • length: 548 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.97kg
    • contains: 38 b/w illus. 30 maps 17 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface Carla M. Sinopoli and Terence N. D'Altroy
    Part I. Sources, Approaches, Definitions Kathleen D. Morrison:
    1. The shadow empires: imperial state formation along the Chinese-Nomad frontier Thomas J. Barfield
    2. Written on water: designs and dynamics in the Portuguese Estado de India Sanjay Subrahmanyam
    3. The Wari empire of Middle Horizon Peru: the epistemological challenge of documenting an empire without documentary evidence Katharina Schreiber
    4. The Achaemenid Persian empire (c. 550–c. 330 BCE): continuities, adaptations, transformations Amelie Kuhrt
    Part II. Empires in a Wider World Terence N. D'Altroy:
    5. The Aztec Empire and the Meso-American world system Michael E. Smith
    6. On the edge of empire: form and substance in the Satavahana dynasty Carla M. Sinopoli
    7. Dynamics of imperial adjustment in Spanish America: ideology and social integration Kathleen Deagan
    Part III. Imperial Integration and Imperial Subjects Carla M. Sinopoli:
    8. Politics, resources, and blood in the Inka Empire Terence N. D'Altroy
    9. Egypt and Nubia Robert Morkot
    10. Coercion, resistance, and hierarchy: local processes and imperial strategies in the Vijayanagara Empire Kathleen D. Morrison
    Part IV. Imperial Ideologies Susan E. Alcock and Kathleen D. Morrison:
    11. Aztec hearts and minds: religion and the state in the Aztec empire Elizabeth M. Brumfiel
    12. Inventing empire in ancient Rome Greg Woolf
    13. The reconfiguration of memory in the eastern Roman empire Susan E. Alcock
    14. Cosmos, central authority, and communities in the early Chinese empire Robin Yates
    Part V. The Afterlife of Empires Susan E. Alcock:
    15. The fall of the Assyrian empire: ancient and modern interpretations Mario Liverani
    16. The Carolingian empire: Rome reborn? John Moreland
    17. Cuzco, another Rome? Sabine MacCormack.

  • Editors

    Susan E. Alcock, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    Terence N. D'Altroy, Columbia University, New York

    Kathleen D. Morrison, University of Chicago

    Carla M. Sinopoli, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    Contributors

    Susan E. Alcock, Carla M. Sinopoli, Terence N. D'Altroy, Kathleen D. Morrison, Thomas J. Barfield, Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Katharina Schreiber, Amelie Kuhrt, Michael E. Smith, Kathleen Deagan, Robert Morkot, Elizabeth M. Brumfiel, Greg Woolf, Robin Yates, Mario Liverani, John Moreland, Sabine MacCormack

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