The Early History of the Ancient Near East:
9000 - 2000 B.C.

Hans J. Nissen

The University of Chicago Press 1988
A book review by Danny Yee © 1992 http://dannyreviews.com/
The Early History of the Ancient Near East is an overview of the history of the Near East from the beginnings to the Third Dynasty of Ur. Its focus is on settlement systems and changes in the organisation of society. Nissen doesn't give explicit details of archaeological excavations, but avoids the pitfalls of excessive generalisation. The result is a readable and entertaining introduction to an important period of history. A rough knowledge of the chronology of near-eastern ancient history would be useful to the reader, but no specialised knowledge is assumed.

May 1992

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%T The Early History of the Ancient Near East
%S 9000 - 2000 B.C.
%A Nissen, Hans J.
%I The University of Chicago Press
%D 1988
%O paperback, bibliography, index
%G ISBN 0226586588
%P xiv,215pp