Algaze, Guillermo, 1954. The prehistory of imperialism: the case of Uruk period Mesopotamia

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Title: The prehistory of imperialism: the case of Uruk period Mesopotamia

Published in: Uruk Mesopotamia & its neighbors : cross-cultural interactions in the era of state formation, edited by Mitchell S. Rothman

Published By: Uruk Mesopotamia & its neighbors : cross-cultural interactions in the era of state formation, edited by Mitchell S. Rothman Sante Fe, NM: School of American Research Press, 2001. 27-83 p.

By line: Guillermo Algaze

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Late Chalcolithic Mesopotamia (MH60)

Subjects: Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121); External trade (439); Retail marketing (443); Settlement patterns (361); History and culture change (170); Acculturation and culture contact (177);

Abstract: In this essay Algaze argues that cases of pristine state formation, by their very nature, involve processes of external expansion that can be characterized as early examples of economic imperialism. During the fourth millennium BC., polities in the southern alluvium of Mesopotamia developed enough societal complexity to warrant classifying them as states, as was the case during the Uruk Period. This societal evolution was based on the development of higher-level administrative systems, increased economic specialization, a significant increase in the labor pool, centralization of some key activities (religious ritual , military action, and policing), the production and distribution of foodstuffs and other goods, and increased social stratification. The author describes the effects of these factors on Uruk civilization during the period under discussion.

Document Number: 19

Document ID: mh60-019

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: For bibliographical references see document 17:Rothman.

Field Date: no date

Evaluation: Archaeologist-4

Analyst: John Beierle; 2006

Coverage Date: Uruk Period, 5800-5100 BP (3800-3100 BC)

Coverage Place: Iraq

LCSH: Middle East--Civilization--To 622/Erech (Extinct city)

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