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By Amanda H. Podany

Amanda Podany right here takes readers on a vibrant journey via 1000 years of historic close to japanese background, from 2300 to 1300 BCE, paying specific consciousness to the full of life interactions that happened among the good kings of the day.

Allowing them to talk of their personal phrases, Podany unearths how those leaders and their ambassadors devised a remarkably subtle method of international relations and exchange. What the kings cast, as they observed it, used to be a courting of friends-brothers-across hundreds and hundreds of miles. Over centuries they labored out methods for his or her ambassadors to shuttle adequately to at least one another's capitals, they created formal principles of interplay and how you can figure out disagreements, they agreed to treaties and abided by way of them, and their efforts had paid off with the trade of luxurious items that every kingdom sought after from the opposite. Tied to each other via peace treaties and robust duties, they have been additionally usually certain jointly as in-laws, because of marrying one another's daughters. those rulers had nearly by no means met each other in individual, yet they felt a robust connection--a genuine brotherhood--which progressively made wars among them much less universal. certainly, anyone of the nice powers of the time can have attempted to take over the others via war, yet international relations often prevailed and supplied a respite from bloodshed. rather than scuffling with, the kings discovered from each other, and cooperated in peace.

A awesome account of a pivotal second in global history--the institution of foreign international relations millions of years sooner than the United Nations--Brotherhood of Kings bargains a vibrantly written historical past of the zone often called the "cradle of civilization."

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Brotherhood of Kings: How International Relations Shaped the Ancient Near East

Amanda Podany right here takes readers on a shiny journey via 1000 years of historical close to jap historical past, from 2300 to 1300 BCE, paying specific consciousness to the vigorous interactions that happened among the good kings of the day. permitting them to converse of their personal phrases, Podany unearths how those leaders and their ambassadors devised a remarkably subtle approach of international relations and exchange.

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Part III explores a time of great change. Although this period, the sixteenth and fifteenth centuries BCE, isn’t usually seen as marking a time of significant international exchange, in fact it made possible the truly international community of the subsequent Amarna period. Two violent episodes severely threatened the established diplomatic system: attacks by the Hittites (a new power based in Turkey) on Syria and Mesopotamia at the beginning of the sixteenth century BCE, and attacks by the Egyptians on Syria in the fifteenth century BCE.

58 The treaty was referred to as an “oath” because this was such a crucial part of it—calling on the gods for their support. One can envision the scene: the Mari delegation had traveled for days in order to reach Ebla.

They did not use the term “brother” lightly. These men saw one another as family and expected the kind of loyalty that real brothers would show to one another. Their ambassadors could expect to travel safely and regularly to one another’s capitals. The kings followed formal rules of interaction and shared a set of strategies to work out disagreements. They negotiated peace treaties, agreed to uphold them, and (for the most part) abided by them. And their efforts paid off with the exchange of luxury goods that each king wanted from the others.

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