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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 1 edition (18 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226586642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226586649
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,542,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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"

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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.

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By pjs on 28 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a very disappointing book. It is described as a concise history (by virtue of the numbers of the 160 pages), but this is its downfall. It is just too concise and lacks cohesion. It is full of names of places, regions, people, tribes etc. but with little in the way of introduction or background to provide a comprehensive cohesive picture - this is really disappointing as so much could have been achieved with more information (and more pages). Although there are some useful and interesting parts, the lack of depth and the breadth of coverage leads to an increasing sense of disappointment. The last twenty or so pages are much more coherent but covering almost 800 years in that space gives very superficial coverage. Overall the book is disappointing and not something I would recommend; this is even more so having recently read a history of Iran which was almost four times as long but was a much more satisfying read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ismene on 20 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a fascinating account of Iraq's origins as Mesopotamia [the latter meaning 'between two rivers' - coined during Roman times when Mesopotamia was the most eastern part of the Roman Empire]. If you are interested in ancient history, enjoy understanding how landscape and societies evolved, then absorb yourself in this most accessible, scholarly study. Read about the Uruk people and the references to Gilgamesh whose exploits form a three-thousand year old 'odyssey' - way before Homer's time.
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From the birth of civilization to the demise of culture 18 Nov. 2009
By Harriet Nethery - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This remarkably compact history of the region known as the cradle of civilization covers thousands of years of history in less than 200 easy-to-read pages. The book is weighted toward ancient history (Babylonia, Mesopotamia, etc.) but it also offers succinct chapters on the rise of Islam, the Middle Ages, the Ottoman period, as well as the founding of modern Iraq. The book ends with a meditation on Iraq's uncertain future. Highly recommended if you want a quick take on the history of one of the world's most important--and threatened--regions.
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