Conclusions: The Mesopotamian Conjuncture

in Ancient Mesopotamia at the Dawn of Civilization

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780226013770
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226013787 | DOI:
Conclusions: The Mesopotamian Conjuncture

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This chapter recapitulates the conjuncture of natural and created landscapes that underpinned the Sumerian takeoff. It also briefly addresses two important logical research corollaries of the takeoff not previously dealt with: why did the precocious protourban experiments of early fourth-millennium Upper Mesopotamia eventually prove unsuccessful? And, why did full-fledged urbanism not arise in the plains of northern Mesopotamia until the middle of the third millennium, eight hundred years or so after comparable phenomena in the southern Mesopotamian alluvium?

Keywords: natural landscape; created landscape; Sumerian takeoff; urbanism; Mesopotamia; alluvium

Chapter.  3157 words. 

Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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