By Amanda H. Podany
Allowing them to talk of their personal phrases, Podany finds how those leaders and their ambassadors devised a remarkably subtle method of international relations and alternate. What the kings solid, as they observed it, used to be a courting of friends-brothers-across hundreds of thousands of miles. Over centuries they labored out methods for his or her ambassadors to go back and forth adequately to at least one another's capitals, they created formal ideas of interplay and how you can determine disagreements, they agreed to treaties and abided by way of them, and their efforts had paid off with the trade of luxurious items that every kingdom sought after from the opposite. Tied to each other via peace treaties and strong tasks, they have been additionally usually certain jointly as in-laws, because of marrying one another's daughters. those rulers had nearly by no means met each other in individual, yet they felt a powerful connection--a actual brotherhood--which progressively made wars among them much less universal. certainly, anyone of the good powers of the time may have attempted to take over the others via war, yet international relations often prevailed and supplied a respite from bloodshed. rather than scuffling with, the kings discovered from each other, and cooperated in peace.
A awesome account of a pivotal second in global history--the institution of overseas international relations hundreds of thousands of years sooner than the United Nations--Brotherhood of Kings deals a vibrantly written heritage of the zone known as the "cradle of civilization."
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Brotherhood of Kings: How International Relations Shaped the Ancient Near East by Amanda H. Podany