War and Peace in the Ancient World / Edition 1

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This book is the first to focus on war and peace in the ancient world from a global perspective.

  • The first book to focus on war and peace in the ancient world
  • Takes a global perspective, covering a large number of early civilizations, from China, India and West Asia, through the Mediterranean to the Americas
  • Features contributions from nineteen distinguished scholars, all of whom are experts in their fields
  • Offers remarkable insights into the different ways in which ancient societies dealt with a common human challenge
  • Requires no prior historical knowledge, making it suitable for non-specialists
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This volume brings together an unparalleled wealth of evidence. Itcombines close analysis of the workings of international relationswith generous quotation of sources which illuminate a staggeringvariety of attitudes to war and peace. Anyone who still believesthat the quest for peace is a modern phenomenon is in for asurprise. There is something fascinating and eye-opening here forevery reader."
Hans van Wees, University College London

"An outstanding collection of essays by an extraordinary groupof scholars from around the world. The depth and variety ofexpertise represented here is formidable. Required reading forstudents of war and diplomacy in antiquity."
Barry Strauss, Cornell University, author of The Trojan War: ANew History

“This volume is most valuable in that it broadensthe…perspective of most American historians of the ancientworld…always well-written, jargon-free andstimulating.”
New England Classical Journal

“The contributions provide a diverse array of perspectiveson ancient warfare and peacemaking.”
Journal of Military History

“Raaflaub succeeds in a fascinating tour of the mainissues and topics covered in the volume.”
Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"An excellently written and utterly stimulating book. It hasbeen a delight and privilege to read it."
Geoff Harris, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban

"The great virtue of the volume is that … the reader isnecessarily forced to confront the differences between the ancientand the modern." Polis

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405145268
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Series: Ancient World: Comparative Histories Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kurt A. Raaflaub is David Herlihy University Professor and Professor of Classics and History at Brown University.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors.

1. Introduction: Searching for Peace in the Ancient World: KurtA. Raaflaub (Brown University).

2. Making War and Making Peace in Early China: Robin D. S. Yates(McGill University in Montréal).

3. Ancient India: Peace Within and War Without: Richard Salomon(University of Pennsylvania).

4. Water under the Straw: Peace in Mesopotamia: Benjamin R.Foster (Yale University).

5. Making, Preserving, and Breaking the Peace with the HittiteState: Richard Beal (University of Chicago).

6. Conflict and Reconciliation in the Ancient Middle East: TheClash of Egyptian and Hittite Chariots in Syria and theWorld’s First Peace Treaty between "Superpowers": Lanny Bell(Brown University).

7. From Achaemenid Imperial Order to Sasanian Diplomacy: War,Peace, and Reconciliation in Pre-Islamic Iran: JosefWiesehöfer (University of Münster).

8. War and Reconciliation in the Traditions of Ancient Israel:Historical, Literary, and Ideological Considerations: Susan Niditch(Amherst College).

9. "They Shall Beat their Swords into Plowshares": A Vision ofPeace through Justice and Its Background in the Hebrew Bible:Thomas Krüger (University of Zurich).

10. ‘Laughing for Joy’: War and Peace Among theGreeks: Lawrence Tritle (University of Chicago).

11. War and Reconciliation in Greek Literature: David Konstan(Brown University).

12. War, Peace, and International Law in Ancient Greece: VictorAlonso (University of La Coruña in Spain).

13. War and Peace, Fear and Reconciliation at Rome: NathanRosenstein (Ohio State University).

14. The Price of Peace in Ancient Rome: Carlin A. Barton(University of Massachusetts at Amherst).

15. The Gates of War (and Peace): Roman Literary Perspectives:Jeri DeBrohun (Brown University).

16. Early Christian Views on Violence, War, and Peace: LouisSwift (University of Kentucky).

17. Fight for God—But Do So with Kindness: Reflections onWar, Peace, and Communal Identity in Early Islam: Fred M. Donner(University of Chicago).

18. Peace, Reconciliation, and Alliance in Aztec Mexico: RossHassig (independent scholar).

19. War and Peace in the Inca Heartland: Catherine Julien(Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo).

20. The Long Peace Among Iroquois Nation: Neta C. Crawford(Boston University).

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