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The Resource What makes civilization? : the ancient Near East and the future of the West, David Wengrow

What makes civilization? : the ancient Near East and the future of the West, David Wengrow

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What makes civilization? : the ancient Near East and the future of the West
Title
What makes civilization?
Title remainder
the ancient Near East and the future of the West
Statement of responsibility
David Wengrow
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Renowned archaeologist David Wengrow creates here a vivid new account of the "birth of civilization" in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, bringing together within a unified history the first two nations where people created cities, kingdoms, and monumental temples to the gods. But civilization, Wengrow argues, is not exclusively about large-scale settlements and endeavors. Just as important are the ordinary but fundamental practices of everyday life, such as cooking, running a home, and cleaning the body. Tracing the development of such practices, from prehistoric times to the age of the pyramids, Wengrow reveals unsuspected connections between distant regions and provides new insights into the workings of societies we have come to regard as remote from our own. The book obliges us to recognize that civilizations are not formed in isolation, but through the mixing and borrowing of culture between different societies. It concludes by drawing telling parallels between the ancient Near East and more contemporary attempts to reshape the world according to an ideal image
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wengrow, D
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plans
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DS69.5
LC item number
.W43 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Iraq
  • Egypt
  • Civilization, Western
  • Civilization, Western
  • Comparative civilization
  • Western countries
  • Middle East
Label
What makes civilization? : the ancient Near East and the future of the West, David Wengrow
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-208) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Chronology chart -- Introduction: A clash of civilizations? -- pt. 1. The cauldron of civilization -- Camouflaged borrowings -- On the trail of blue-haired gods -- Neolithic worlds -- The (first) global village -- Origin of cities -- From the Ganges to the Danube : the Bronze Age -- Cosmology and commerce -- The labours of kingship -- pt. 2. Forgetting the old regime -- Enlightenment from a dark source -- Ruined regimes : Egypt at the revolution -- Conclusion: What makes civilization?
Control code
ocn573152414
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xx, 217 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9780192805805
Lccn
2010923443
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40018248594
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, plans
System control number
(OCoLC)573152414
Label
What makes civilization? : the ancient Near East and the future of the West, David Wengrow
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-208) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Chronology chart -- Introduction: A clash of civilizations? -- pt. 1. The cauldron of civilization -- Camouflaged borrowings -- On the trail of blue-haired gods -- Neolithic worlds -- The (first) global village -- Origin of cities -- From the Ganges to the Danube : the Bronze Age -- Cosmology and commerce -- The labours of kingship -- pt. 2. Forgetting the old regime -- Enlightenment from a dark source -- Ruined regimes : Egypt at the revolution -- Conclusion: What makes civilization?
Control code
ocn573152414
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xx, 217 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9780192805805
Lccn
2010923443
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40018248594
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, plans
System control number
(OCoLC)573152414

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