Bronze Age Egypt and Globalisation
The state and the city were born in fourth millennium BC Mesopotamia, leading the way to trade routes and empires, awakening the lands around it. Around 3000 BC, Egypt created the first territorial nation state in human history, consisting of the Nile Valley north of the first cataract and the Nile Delta on the shores of the Mediterranean. The whole area was governed by a king whose lineage created kingship, while building up a bureaucracy managing the country so that, in the late second millennium BC, Egypt was the greatest of the great powers when international politics were born. This volume hints at the political context of these earliest international relations, and examines how the system functioned. It also explores what can be said of ancient Egyptian society – and stresses the contributions that Egypt made to our own contemporary world. As one of the two earliest major civilisations, Egypt contributed to the birth of warfare, literature, art, science, economics, ideology, love poetry and much more.
Having studied Egyptology at the University of Basel, Switzerland, David A. Warburton has advanced degrees in Near Eastern Archaeology from the Universities of Berne, Switzerland, and Paris I, France. He has participated in archaeological fieldwork in Egypt, France, Iraq, Switzerland, Syria, and Yemen, as well as having taught Egyptology and Near Eastern Archaeology at public universities in Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, and Switzerland. Among other things, he is the author of State and Economy in Ancient Egypt (1997) and Egypt and the Near East (2001), and editor of The Earliest Economic Growth in World History (2022).
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