Empires: Perspectives from Archaeology and History

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521770200
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/9/2001
  • Pages: 546
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Notes on the contributors
Pt. I Sources, Approaches, Definitions 1
1 The shadow empires: imperial state formation along the Chinese-Nomad frontier 10
2 Written on water: designs and dynamics in the Portuguese Estado da India 42
3 The Wari empire of Middle Horizon Peru: the epistemological challenge of documenting an empire without documentary evidence 70
4 The Achaemenid Persian empire (c. 550-c. 330 BCE): continuities, adaptations, transformations 93
Pt. II Empires in a Wider World 125
5 The Aztec empire and the Mesoamerican world system 128
6 On the edge of empire: form and substance in the Satavahana dynasty 155
7 Dynamics of imperial adjustment in Spanish America: ideology and social integration 179
Pt. III Imperial Integration and Imperial Subjects 195
8 Politics, resources, and blood in the Inka empire 201
9 Egypt and Nubia 227
10 Coercion, resistance, and hierarchy: local processes and imperial strategies in Vijayanagara empire 252
Pt. IV Imperial Ideologies 279
11 Aztec hearts and minds: religion and the state in the Aztec empire 283
12 Inventing empire in ancient Rome 311
13 The reconfiguration of memory in the eastern Roman empire 323
14 Cosmos, central authority, and communities in the early Chinese empire 351
Pt. V The Afterlife of Empires 369
15 The fall of the Assyrian empire: ancient and modern interpretations 374
16 The Carolingian empire: Rome reborn? 392
17 Cuzco, another Rome? 419
Notes 436
References 448
Index 508
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