What Makes Civilization?: The Ancient Near East and the Future of the West

What Makes Civilization?: The Ancient Near East and the Future of the West

by David Wengrow

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ISBN-13: 9780191613494
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Publication date: 07/22/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 793,709
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About the Author

David Wengrow is Professor of Comparative Archaeology at the UCL Institute of Archaeology. He also held positions at Christ Church, University of Oxford, the Warburg Institute, and the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. He has conducted fieldwork in Africa and the Middle East, most recently in Iraqi Kurdistan, and writes widely on the early cultures and societies of those regions, including their role in shaping modern political identities.

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations VIII

Chronology Chart XII

Preface and Acknowledgements XIII

Introduction: A Clash of Civilizations? 1

Part I The Cauldron of Civilization 17

1 Camouflaged Borrowings 19

2 On the Trail of Blue-Haired Gods 32

3 Neolithic Worlds 39

4 The (First) Global Village 54

5 Origin of Cities 66

6 From the Ganges to the Danube: The Bronze Age 88

7 Cosmology and Commerce 109

8 The Labours of Kingship 125

Part II Forgetting the Old Regime 151

9 Enlightenment from a Dark Source 153

10 Ruined Regimes: Egypt at the Revolution 163

Conclusion: What Makes Civilization? 174

Further Reading 177

Picture Acknowledgements 209

Index 211

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