1st Edition

Syria-Palestine in The Late Bronze Age
An Anthropology of Politics and Power





ISBN 9780367873134
Published December 19, 2019 by Routledge
246 Pages

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Book Description

Syria-Palestine in the Late Bronze Age presents an explicitly anthropological perspective on politics and social relationships. An anthropological reading of the textual and epigraphic remains of the time allows us to see how power was constructed and political subordination was practised and expressed. Syria-Palestine in the Late Bronze Age identifies a particular political ontology, native to ancient Syro-Palestinian societies, which informs and constitutes their social worlds. This political ontology, based on patronage relationships, provides a way of understanding the political culture and the social dynamics of ancient Levantine peoples. It also illuminates the historical processes taking place in the region, processes based on patrimonial social structures and articulated through patron-client bonds.

Table of Contents

Map and Figures



Acknowledgments



List of Abbreviations



Introduction



PART I: SYRIA-PALESTINE DURING THE LATE BRONZE AGE



Chapter 1: An Overview of Political History (ca. 1550-1150 BCE)









    1. Egypt






    2. Ḫatti






    3. Mittani






    4. Babylonia






    5. Assyria






    6. Syria-Palestine






    7. Egyptian Rule over Syria-Palestine




Chapter 2: ‘International’ Diplomacy during the Late Bronze Age



2.1. Primary and Secondary Sources



2.1.1. The El Amarna Archive



2.1.2. Hittite Archives



2.1.3. Archives from Ugarit



2.1.4. Archives from Alalaḫ



2.1.5. Other Epigraphic Records



2.1.5.1. Documents from Emar



2.1.5.2. Archives from Mari



2.1.5.3. Archives from Nuzi



2.2. On ‘International’ Diplomacy in the Late Bronze Age



2.2.1. Egyptian and Asiatic Worldviews



2.3. On the Late Bronze Age Epistolographic Structure



2.3.1. Amarna Socio-Linguistics



Chapter 3: Alliances and Exchanges



3.1. Anthropology and History: Epistemological Preliminaries



3.2. Economic Anthropology of the Late Bronze Age



3.3. Commodities and Exchange of Luxury Goods



3.4. Exchange of Women



3.4.1. Marriage as Social and Political Communication



3.4.2. Hierarchies and Alliances during the Late Bronze Age



3.5. Exchange of Specialists



3.5.1. Techniques and Specialization



3.5.2. Mobility and Hospitality



PART II: POLITICAL SYSTEMS IN SYRIA-PALESTINE



Chapter 4: Socio-Politics of Syria-Palestine (I): Analytical Concepts



4.1. Towards an Historical Anthropology of Syria-Palestine



4.2. On Statehood and State Practice in Syria-Palestine



4.3. City-States in Syria-Palestine?



Chapter 5: Socio-Politics of Syria-Palestine (

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Biography



Emanuel Pfoh is a Researcher at the National Research Council (CONICET) and teaches in the Department of History of the National University of La Plata, Argentina.