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Empires and Diversity: On the Crossroads of Archaeology, Anthropology, and History

Edited by Gregory E. Areshian

For more than four thousand years, empires have been geographically the largest polities on Earth, shaping in many respects the human past and present in different epochs and on different continents. Covering the time span from the second millennium B.C.E. to the sixteenth century C.E., and geographic areas from China to South America, the case studies included in this volume demonstrate the necessity to combine perspectives from the longue durée and global comparativism with the theory of agency and an understanding of specific contexts for human actions. Contributions from leading scholars examine salient aspects of the Hittite, Assyrian, Ancient Egyptian, Achaemenid and Sasanian Iranian, Zhou to Han Dynasty Chinese, Inka, and Mughal empires.


Gregory E. Areshian holds faculty and research appointments at the University of California, Los Angeles, presently combining academic activities with the position of the assistant director of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology and the editor of Backdirt, the Annual Review of the Cotsen Institute.

Published By The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press

6 x 9 in. 272 pages 70 figs., 6 tables