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Regime Change in the Ancient Near East and Egypt: From Sargon of Agade to Saddam Hussein

Harriet Crawford


The manner in which government practices and personnel survive the violent disruption of regime change is an issue of current relevance, yet it is a subject that has largely been ignored by modern scholarship. These chapters, covering more than 4,000 years of history, discuss the continuity of administration and royal iconography in successful changes of regime in Egypt, Mesopotamia and Iran. Recurring patterns are identified in ten case studies, ranging from late third millennium Mesopotamia to early Islamic Egypt. A summary of the recent history of Iraq suggests that these regularities have ... More

Keywords: regime change, administration continuity, royal iconography, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Iran, case studies, early Islamic Egypt, Iraq, modern geopolitics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780197263907
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263907.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harriet Crawford, editor
Honorary Visiting Professor, Institute of Archaeology, University College London; Research Fellow McDonald Institute, Cambridge

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