AMARNA DIPLOMACY
The Beginnings of International Relations

Edited by RAYMOND COHEN and RAYMOND WESTBROOK
330pp 2000 OUT OF PRINT G344

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In 1887, a peasant woman stumbled across a 3,000-year-old trove of cuneiform tablets in Amarna, Upper Egypt. Published in 1992, William L Moran's definitive English translation, , raised as many questions as it answered. How did Pharaoh run his empire? Why did the god-king consent to deal with his fellow, mortal monarchs as equals? Indeed, why did kings engage in diplomacy at all? How did the great powers maintain international peace and order? In , Cohen and Westbrook have brought together a team of social scientists and ancient historians to explore the world of ancient Near Eastern statecraft portrayed in the letters. Subjects discussed include Egyptian imperial and foreign policy, international law and trade, geopolitics and decision-making, intelligence and diplomacy.