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The Early History of the Ancient Near East, 9000-2000 B.C.

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Hans J. Nissen here provides a much-needed overview of 7000 years of development in the ancient Near East from the beginning of settled life to the formation of the first regional states. His approach to the study of Mesopotamian civilization differs markedly from conventional orientations, which impose a sharp division between prehistoric and historic, literate, periods. ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 15th 1990 by University Of Chicago Press (first published June 1st 1988)
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Jeffrey Aaron
May 12, 2014 Jeffrey Aaron rated it really liked it
Hans J. Nissen is a hero. He is the vital missing link which connects the treasures of German archaeology and their excavations at Uruk with the English speaking world. Uruk was the first great city in history and is where writing was invented over 5000 years ago. Sadly thorough most information relating to this fascinating archaeological site is locked away in German libraries and would never have reached a larger world audience if it weren't for Han Nissen. Though this book doesn't focus on Ur ...more
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It's a bit dry, but still understandable. It's one of the few books dedicated to this period so it's as good as you can get.
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