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Overview

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.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

MESA Bulletin
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

Archiv orientální
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.
Religious Studies Review
This is an important volume for any scholar of the ancient Near East.
Archiv orientalni
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.
MESA Bulletin - William G. Dever
The breadth of the scholarly expertise here is remarkable and certainly sheds new light on an ancient and rather arcane body of texts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801871030
  • Publisher: Hopkins Fulfillment Service
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 330
  • Sales rank: 1,084,380
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Contents:

Preface

List of Abbreviations

Table of Events1. Intruction: The Amarna System

RAYMOND COHEN AND RAYMOND WESTBROOKI. The International System2. The Great Power's Club

MARIO LIVERANI

3. International Law in the Amarna Age

RAYMOND WESTBROOK

4. The Amarna Age: An International Society in the Making

RODOLFO RAGIONIERI

5. Realism, Contructivism, and the Amarna Letters

STEVEN R. DAVIDII. Foreign Policy6. The Egyptian Perspective on Mittani

BETSY M. BRYAN

7. Intelligence in the Amarna Letters

RAYMOND COHENIII. Imperial Policy8. Imperial Egypt and the Limits of Power

WILLIAM J. MURANE

9. Egypt and Her Vassals: The Geopolitical Dimension

ALAN JAMES

10. The Egyptian-Canaanite Correspondence

NADAV NA'AMANIV. International Transactions11. The Interdependence of the Great Powers

CARLO ZACCAGNINI

12. Reciprocity, Equality, and Status-Anxiety in the Amarna Letters

KEVIN AVRUCH

13. Diplomacy and International Marriages

SAMUEL A. MEIER

14. A Social-Psychological Analysis of Amarna Diplomacy

DANIEL DRUCKMAN AND SERDAR GÜNERV. Diplomacy15. Diplomatic Signaling in the Amarna Letters

CHRSITER JÖNSSON

16. The Diplomatic Service in Action: The Mittani File

PINHAS ARTZI

17. Amarna Diplomacy: A Full-fledged Diplomatic System?

GEOFFREY BERRIDGE

18. Conclusion: The Beginnings of International Relations

RAYMOND COHEN AND RAYMOND WESTBROOKNotes

Bibliography

Contributors

Index of Terms and Proper Names

Index of Sources

General Index

Johns Hopkins University Press

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