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Book Review: Ancient Egyptian Imperialism

Book Review: Ancient Egyptian Imperialism Book Review The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 2021, Vol. 107(1-2) 307–309 © The Author(s) 2021 Book Review Article reuse guidelines: sagepub.com/journals-permissions DOI: 10.1177/03075133211043125 journals.sagepub.com/home/ega Ancient Egyptian Imperialism. By Ellen Morris. Pp. 320. Hoboken, NJ: in those early times. Entitled ‘Trade before Empire; Empire Wiley-Blackwell, 2018. ISBN 978-1-405-13678-5. Price £24. before the State (c. 3500–2686)’,inthe first chapter Morris sustains that from Nagada II onwards, Egypt entered into a prestige-goods economy, and consequently, trade – defined as external exchange – became not only essential but also The publication of a book which approaches topics with a had the quality of exciting ‘imperial ambition’ (p. 17). strong theoretical bias is always very welcome. Naturally, Thus, control of trade is at the base of territorial expansion, ancient Egypt is a relevant leading case for the study of the undertaken under the rule of a ‘highly organized and diverse dynamics of emergence, expansion, contraction, and ambitious’ leader capable not only of conquering but also even collapse of socio-political entities, due to its charac- of consolidating the newly incorporated territories (p. 13). terization as a pristine state and an evolvement through time Here, Morris introduces a relevant point of departure for which allows analyzing varied http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Egyptian Archaeology SAGE

Book Review: Ancient Egyptian Imperialism

Journal of Egyptian Archaeology , Volume 107 (1-2): 3 – Jun 1, 2021

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Book Review The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 2021, Vol. 107(1-2) 307–309 © The Author(s) 2021 Book Review Article reuse guidelines: sagepub.com/journals-permissions DOI: 10.1177/03075133211043125 journals.sagepub.com/home/ega Ancient Egyptian Imperialism. By Ellen Morris. Pp. 320. Hoboken, NJ: in those early times. Entitled ‘Trade before Empire; Empire Wiley-Blackwell, 2018. ISBN 978-1-405-13678-5. Price £24. before the State (c. 3500–2686)’,inthe first chapter Morris sustains that from Nagada II onwards, Egypt entered into a prestige-goods economy, and consequently, trade – defined as external exchange – became not only essential but also The publication of a book which approaches topics with a had the quality of exciting ‘imperial ambition’ (p. 17). strong theoretical bias is always very welcome. Naturally, Thus, control of trade is at the base of territorial expansion, ancient Egypt is a relevant leading case for the study of the undertaken under the rule of a ‘highly organized and diverse dynamics of emergence, expansion, contraction, and ambitious’ leader capable not only of conquering but also even collapse of socio-political entities, due to its charac- of consolidating the newly incorporated territories (p. 13). terization as a pristine state and an evolvement through time Here, Morris introduces a relevant point of departure for which allows analyzing varied

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Published: Jun 1, 2021

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