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Connectivity in Antiquity: Globalization as a Long Term Historical Process (Oystein S LaBianca) Hardcover Book, (Acumen Publishing, 2006) 9781904768135

Title: Connectivity in Antiquity: Globalization as a Long Term Historical Process

Author: LaBianca, Oystein S

Additional Authors or Contributors: Sandra Arnold Scham (eds)

Publisher: Acumen Publishing; Publication Date: 2006

Hardcover; ISBN: 9781904768135

Volumes: 1; Pages: 224

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Today's political minds assure us that the more "connected" societies are the less danger they pose to global stability--but is this a "new" idea or one that is as old as history itself? Trade networks that began as far back as human prehistory were responsible for exchanges of ideas as well as goods and the "ripple effects" of these networks were the expansionist compulsions of historical States and empires. These papers tell us that the civilizations of the ancient past may have had more in common with modern global enterprises than was ever before imagined. Two concepts that have great immediacy and have now become the current watchwords for the media as well as for academia, globalization and long-term historical processes, are brought together in this interdisciplinary volume of papers based upon Manuel Castells? massive work The Network Society.


Section One: Introduction

1 Ancient Network Societies (Oystein LaBianca and Sandra Arnold Scham)

Section Two: The "Space of Flows" in Antiquity

2. Grand Narratives, Technological Revolutions and the Past: Deep-Time Studies of Metallurgy and Social Evolution in the Eastern Mediterranean (Thomas E. Levy, UCSD)

3. Emerging State Connectivity: Dynamic Urban and Economic Growth in Third Millennium B.C.E. West Syrian Societies (William Collins, UC Berkeley)

4. Trade Pulsations, Collapse and Reorientation in the Ancient World (William R. Thompson, Indiana University)

Section Three: Cognitive Globalization in History

5. The Globalizing Effects of Hajj in the Medieval and Modern Eras (Bethany J. Walker, Oklahoma State University)

6. Connectivity: Transjordan during the Persian Period (Paul J. Ray, Jr., Andrews University)

7. The Organic Globalization and Socialization of Civilization (Sheldon Lee Gosline, Sangri-La Press)

Section Four: Antiquity and the Power of Identity

8. Connectivity in the Longue Duree: Hadramis from South Yemen in an Indian Ocean World (Leif Manger, University of Bergen)

9. Perceptions of Antiquity and the Formation of Modern Resistance Identities (Sandra Arnold Scham)

10. Foreign Self and Familiar Other: The Impact of "Global" Connectivity on New Kingdom Egypt (Jenny Cashman, Oxford University)

Section Five: Conclusion

11. Response (Manuel Castells, UC Berkeley)

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