"Without any doubt... an original and coherent synthesis of 7,000 years of political evolution.... Nissen has provided us with a creative and challenging overview of political evolution in an area of the world commonly referred to as the 'cradle of civilization.'" - Science "This outstanding book traces in less than two hundred pages some 7,000 years of ancient Near Eastern history.... Filled with original ideas of lasting significance." - Choice"
About the Author
Hans J. Nissen is professor of ancient Near Eastern archaeology at the Free University of Berlin. Peter Heine is professor of Near Eastern studies at Humboldt University of Berlin.