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. Nineteen distinguished scholars, all of whom are experts in their fields, discuss different aspects of this fascinating subject in relation to a large number of early civilizations, from China and India through West Asia (Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Hittites, Israel, Persia, and early Islam) to the Mediterranean (Greece, Rome, and early Christianity) and the Americas (the Aztecs and the Iroquois Peace League).

The book demonstrates that ancient societies, no less than modern ones, suffered from the losses and destructions caused by war, and yearned tor peace and prosperity. It offers remarkable insights into the different responses ancient societies developed in order not only to defend their territory, but also to avoid war and restore peace. Some early societies, the volume reveals, even developed an explicit public discourse on war and peace, and embedded peace in an ideological or religious framework.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This volume brings together an unparalleled wealth of evidence. It combines close analysis of the workings of international relations with generous quotation of sources which illuminate a staggering variety of attitudes to war and peace. Anyone who still believes that the quest for peace is a modern phenomenon is in for a surprise. There is something fascinating and eye-opening here for every reader."
Hans van Wees, University College London

"An outstanding collection of essays by an extraordinary group of scholars from around the world. The depth and variety of expertise represented here is formidable. Required reading for students of war and diplomacy in antiquity."
Barry Strauss, Cornell University, author of The Trojan War: A New History

“This volume is most valuable in that it broadens the…perspective of most American historians of the ancient world…always well-written, jargon-free and stimulating.”
New England Classical Journal

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

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

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

"The great virtue of the volume is that … the reader is necessarily forced to confront the differences between the ancient and the modern." Polis

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405145268
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Series: Ancient World: Comparative Histories Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,048,922
  • 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

Series Editor's Preface     vii
Notes on Contributors     ix
Introduction: Searching for Peace in the Ancient World   Kurt A. Raaflaub     1
Making War and Making Peace in Early China   Robin D. S. Yates     34
Ancient India: Peace Within and War Without   Richard Salomon     53
Water under the Straw: Peace in Mesopotamia   Benjamin R. Foster     66
Making, Preserving, and Breaking the Peace with the Hittite State   Richard H. Beal     81
Conflict and Reconciliation in the Ancient Middle East: The Clash of Egyptian and Hittite Chariots in Syria, and the World's First Peace Treaty between "Superpowers"   Lanny Bell     98
From Achaemenid Imperial Order to Sasanian Diplomacy: War, Peace, and Reconciliation in Pre-Islamic Iran   Josef Wiesehofer     121
War and Reconciliation in the Traditions of Ancient Israel: Historical, Literary, and Ideological Considerations   Susan Niditch     141
"They Shall Beat Their Swords into Plowshares": A Vision of Peace Through Justice and Its Background in the Hebrew Bible   Thomas Kruger     161
"Laughing for Joy": War and Peace Among the Greeks   Lawrence A. Tritle     172
War and Reconciliation in Greek Literature   David Konstan     191
War, Peace, and international Law in Ancient Greece   Victor Alonso     206
War and Peace, Fear and Reconciliation at Rome   Nathan Rosenstein     226
The Price of Peace in Ancient Rome   Carlin A. Barton     245
The Gates of War (and Peace): Roman Literary Perspectives   Jeri Blair DeBrohun     256
Early Christian Views on Violence, War, and Peace   Louis J. Swift     279
Fight for God - But Do So with Kindness: Reflections on War, Peace, and Communal Identity in Early Islam   Fred M. Donner     297
Peace, Reconciliation, and Alliance in Aztec Mexico   Ross Hassig     312
War and Peace in the Inca Heartland   Catherine Julien     329
The Long Peace Among Iroquois Nations   Neta C. Crawford     348
Index     369
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