Amarna Diplomacy: The Beginnings of International Relations / Edition 1

Amarna Diplomacy: The Beginnings of International Relations / Edition 1

by Raymond Cohen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801861993

ISBN-13: 9780801861994

Pub. Date: 12/28/1999

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801861994
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.35(h) x 1.17(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
List of Abbreviationsxi
Table of Eventsxiii
1.Introduction: The Amarna System1
I.The International System
2.The Great Powers' Club15
3.International Law in the Amarna Age28
4.The Amarna Age: An International Society in the Making42
5.Realism, Constructivism, and the Amarna Letters54
II.Foreign Policy
6.The Egyptian Perspective on Mittani71
7.Intelligence in the Amarna Letters85
III.Imperial Policy
8.Imperial Egypt and the Limits of Power101
9.Egypt and Her Vassals: The Geopolitical Dimension112
10.The Egyptian-Canaanite Correspondence125
IV.International Transactions
11.The Interdependence of the Great Powers141
12.Reciprocity, Equality, and Status-Anxiety in the Amarna Letters154
13.Diplomacy and International Marriages165
14.A Social-Psychological Analysis of Amarna Diplomacy174
V.Diplomacy
15.Diplomatic Signaling in the Amarna Letters191
16.The Diplomatic Service in Action: The Mittani File205
17.Amarna Diplomacy: A Full-fledged Diplomatic System?212
18.Conclusion: The Beginnings of International Relations225
Notes237
Bibliography269
Contributors287
Index of Terms and Proper Names291
Index of Sources293
General Index299

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