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Ancient Mesopotamia at the Dawn of Civilization: The Evolution of an Urban Landscape (review)

Ancient Mesopotamia at the Dawn of Civilization: The Evolution of an Urban Landscape (review) journal of world history, december 2010 Scheidel's work to provide evidence for a Darwinian evolutionary narrative that links cultural and reproductive success is an important development in historiography. In his preface to On Deep History and the Brain (2009), Daniel Lord Small remarks: "One embarks on interdisciplinary projects like this with more than the usual trepidation" (p. x) as he seeks to bring natural history, evolution, and the theory of natural selection into a single narrative. Climate and ecology, sex and gender, biology and evolution can no longer be ignored by historians. They are new and invaluable instruments for understanding the past. ewa k. bacon Lewis University Ancient Mesopotamia at the Dawn of Civilization: The Evolution of an Urban Landscape. By guillermo algaze. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008. 246 pp. $35.00 (cloth). Scholarship on early Mesopotamian civilization has not, for some time, been focused on the reasons for, or mechanisms through which, cities first emerged on the landscape. Explanations based mainly on irrigation, population density, and alternatively the availability or scarcity of natural resources have been employed effectively enough to allow researchers to move to other questions, such as regional interactions during the early urban period.1 Guillermo http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

Ancient Mesopotamia at the Dawn of Civilization: The Evolution of an Urban Landscape (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 21 (4) – Feb 3, 2010

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journal of world history, december 2010 Scheidel's work to provide evidence for a Darwinian evolutionary narrative that links cultural and reproductive success is an important development in historiography. In his preface to On Deep History and the Brain (2009), Daniel Lord Small remarks: "One embarks on interdisciplinary projects like this with more than the usual trepidation" (p. x) as he seeks to bring natural history, evolution, and the theory of natural selection into a single narrative. Climate and ecology, sex and gender, biology and evolution can no longer be ignored by historians. They are new and invaluable instruments for understanding the past. ewa k. bacon Lewis University Ancient Mesopotamia at the Dawn of Civilization: The Evolution of an Urban Landscape. By guillermo algaze. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008. 246 pp. $35.00 (cloth). Scholarship on early Mesopotamian civilization has not, for some time, been focused on the reasons for, or mechanisms through which, cities first emerged on the landscape. Explanations based mainly on irrigation, population density, and alternatively the availability or scarcity of natural resources have been employed effectively enough to allow researchers to move to other questions, such as regional interactions during the early urban period.1 Guillermo

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Published: Feb 3, 2010

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