Amarna Diplomacy: The Beginnings of International Relations / Edition 1

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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.

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801861994
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 1.17 (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.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
List of Abbreviations xi
Table of Events xiii
1. Introduction: The Amarna System 1
I. The International System
2. The Great Powers' Club 15
3. International Law in the Amarna Age 28
4. The Amarna Age: An International Society in the Making 42
5. Realism, Constructivism, and the Amarna Letters 54
II. Foreign Policy
6. The Egyptian Perspective on Mittani 71
7. Intelligence in the Amarna Letters 85
III. Imperial Policy
8. Imperial Egypt and the Limits of Power 101
9. Egypt and Her Vassals: The Geopolitical Dimension 112
10. The Egyptian-Canaanite Correspondence 125
IV. International Transactions
11. The Interdependence of the Great Powers 141
12. Reciprocity, Equality, and Status-Anxiety in the Amarna Letters 154
13. Diplomacy and International Marriages 165
14. A Social-Psychological Analysis of Amarna Diplomacy 174
V. Diplomacy
15. Diplomatic Signaling in the Amarna Letters 191
16. The Diplomatic Service in Action: The Mittani File 205
17. Amarna Diplomacy: A Full-fledged Diplomatic System? 212
18. Conclusion: The Beginnings of International Relations 225
Notes 237
Bibliography 269
Contributors 287
Index of Terms and Proper Names 291
Index of Sources 293
General Index 299
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