By Amanda H. Podany
Amanda Podany right here takes readers on a brilliant journey via 1000 years of old close to jap historical past, from 2300 to 1300 BCE, paying specific cognizance to the energetic interactions that happened among the nice kings of the day.
Allowing them to talk of their personal phrases, Podany finds how those leaders and their ambassadors devised a remarkably subtle method of international relations and alternate. What the kings cast, as they observed it, was once a dating of friends-brothers-across countless numbers of miles. Over centuries they labored out methods for his or her ambassadors to go back and forth effectively to 1 another's capitals, they created formal principles of interplay and how you can figure out disagreements, they agreed to treaties and abided by means of them, and their efforts had paid off with the trade of luxurious items that every state sought after from the opposite. Tied to each other via peace treaties and strong duties, they have been additionally usually certain jointly as in-laws, due to marrying one another's daughters. those rulers had virtually by no means met each other in individual, yet they felt a robust connection--a actual brotherhood--which steadily made wars among them much less universal. certainly, anybody of the good powers of the time can have attempted to take over the others via battle, yet international relations often prevailed and supplied a respite from bloodshed. rather than struggling with, the kings realized from each other, and cooperated in peace.
A awesome account of a pivotal second in international history--the institution of overseas international relations millions of years sooner than the United Nations--Brotherhood of Kings deals a vibrantly written historical past of the zone generally known as the "cradle of civilization."
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They tend to be the starring attractions of most video documentaries, college courses, and popular books about ancient history. One can understand why. Egypt had mummies, along with all-powerful pharaohs and huge pyramids. Greece had beautiful temples, arresting artwork, and brilliant philosophers. Rome had gladiators, scheming emperors, and soaring architecture. The ancient Mesopotamians and Syrians don’t register so quickly in the public mind. Their buildings have almost entirely returned to the mud from which they were made.
Akhenaten thought the letters were important enough to keep, and they may have been consulted for reference occasionally, but mostly they gathered dust as world events unfolded. Those events were pretty dramatic; the Egyptian king attempted to change the religion of his land, and neglected his relationships with other kings, such as Tushratta. He alienated many people, and not long after his death almost all his reforms were abandoned. So was his capital city. And when Amarna was abandoned, the royal letters were abandoned with it.
By looking at the experiences of the three kings, one can explore the whole world in which they lived. Three of the four parts of this book explore those eras. In each of these parts, at least one chapter addresses how the kings interacted diplomatically and one chapter addresses their trade relationships. These spread over a wide area and often served as a precursor to later diplomatic ties. Changes over a Thousand Years This book focuses on international relations that evolved over a long span of time—a thousand years—but the story starts when civilization was already 14 introduction many centuries old.