Historical Materialism , volume 14:2 (169–201) © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2006 Also available online – www.brill.nl 1 The discussion is complex and a range of different perspectives have been expressed in the recent literature. For a representative sample, see Di Cosmo 1999; Lieberman 1999; Tilly 1992; Goldstone 1991; McNeil 1989; Mann 1986a (reviewed by Wickham 1988); Carneiro 1987; Tainter 1988; Runciman 1989 (reviewed by Wickham 1991, pp. 188–203); Skocpol 1979; Rueschemeyer et al. 1985; Jessop 1990; Block 1988; Steinmetz 1999. Review Articles The Paths of History I GOR M. D IAKONOFF Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999. Reviewed by J OHN H ALDON Civilisations, States and Empires Igor Diakonoff belongs to a not inconsiderable body of scholars whose position in the academic community of the former Soviet Union was assured by his distinguished contributions to the study of history, in this case of the ancient Near and Middle East, in particular Mesopotamia, and south-west Asia. His work embraced the social, economic and cultural history of the region, and is especially notable for its attempt to elaborate a non-reductionist and complex model of ancient society, incorporating both the economic and the material conditions of existence of the social formations
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