To send content items to your account,
please confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies.
If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your account.
Find out more about sending content to .
To send content items to your Kindle, first ensure email@example.com
is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings
on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part
of your Kindle email address below.
Find out more about sending to your Kindle.
Note you can select to send to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations.
‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be sent to your device when it is connected to wi-fi.
‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.
Chapter 10 synthesises the central conclusions to be drawn from the analyses of preceding chapters with regards to the Hittite case study and early imperial networks more broadly. It then returns to the issue of imperial self-narration and the wider societal implications of its scholarly and popular reproduction: the telling of simple stories about the past.
Chapter 8 focuses on a category of things that was, as I shall argue, only indirectly implicated in Hittite empire-making: the plain and visually standardising ceramic vessels that furnished Hittite households as well as state institutions. Taking another critical look at traditional assumptions which link craft specialisation and efficiency theories with the symbolism of plainness and notions of state control, I propose in this chapter a consumption-oriented explanation centred not on imperial intent or influence but on the commensal fashions of an increasingly globalising East Mediterranean and Near Eastern interaction sphere.
Chapter 5 argues that the Hittite imperial network was not only surrounded by such borderlands, but dissected along a series of contemporary political faults, which were materially produced and challenged by rock reliefs and other landscape monuments.
Chapter 1 sets the scene by arguing that far from things of the past, empires and imperialist desires present a fundamental aspect of today’s geopolitics and everyday experiences. The study of ancient empires, their discourses of sovereignty and material practices, then, is critical for understanding our own increasingly neo-imperial and neo-nationalist presents. The chapter surveys relevant theoretical developments in the study of past imperial networks and sovereignty more broadly, and outlines how the complex, messy, and often paradoxical developments that make up imperial histories can be conveyed in ways that do not reproduce imperial self-talk.
Part II moves the focus of investigation to a series of topographically transitional and politically contested landscapes. The distribution and development of these borderzones sketch a picture of Hittite sovereignty that remained contested, often uncomfortably close to the imperial heartland and throughout its lifehistory. The emergent picture is also at odds with both modern notions of territoriality, where states are neatly bounded geographical entities with clearly defined, linear borders, but also with official Hittite ideological and legal notions of sovereignty.
The transformation of physical space is a powerful technique of political production, which results in potentially wide-ranging rifts in regional social and economic practices and their networked relationships. New and old Anatolian communities, however, had to be repeatedly socialised to accept as legitimate the new regime’s claim to sovereignty. Chapter 3, therefore, examines Hittite ritual as a performance of state, its material agents, and the significance of royal movement in the production and integration of central Anatolia’s new political landscapes, and in the legitimisation of surplus extraction from it.
Chapter 4 examines the most significant and unsettled of Hittite borderlands, the region just to the north and east of the capital city and its hinterlands, where communities called Kaska in Hittite sources engaged over centuries in varyingly hostile as well as cooperative relationships with northern settlements more closely under Hittite state control and with military and administrative agents of empire.
Chapter 7 examines the practices and materials through which imperial agents sought to assert non-violent authority and how the same technologies created social and cultural spaces for resistance, rejection or collaboration.
In Part I of this book, I argue that imperial networks are not born hundreds or thousands of kilometres from their capital city, but at its very threshold and the landscapes that surround it. Doing away with traditional centre-periphery dichotomies, Chapters 2 and 3 examine Hittite practices of empire-making in what is generally considered to be its political heartland. The analyses presented in this section suggest that rather than the well-integrated nation-like state from which Hittite imperial ventures were launched, the central Anatolian plateau was the first and ongoing target of its imperialism as well as the region most profoundly transformed by its imperialist ventures further afield.
Chapters in Part III focus on the capabilities of things to produce and negotiate imperial relationships, and engage with a series of long-standing questions concerning the impetus, directionality, and mechanisms of culture change within and beyond the networks of imperial authority.
Chapter 9 re-examines Hittite imperial decline and collapse in the light of two post-collapse communities and their divergent engagement with, and rejection of, its material and ideological heritage. What comes after political collapse, what is abandoned, and what continues to be re-produced in the generations that follow illuminate critical facets of imperial practice and structure on the one hand, and spotlight decisions and processes that contributed to political disintegration on the other.
Chapter 6 examines the tensions between imperial rhetoric, the arresting symbolism of natural boundary markers, and the political ambiguities of routine border practice along its most distant edges in eastern Anatolia and northern Syria.
Chapter 2 approaches this process from a landscape perspective, tracing continuities and ruptures in Anatolia’s long-term settlement traditions and the more and less successful practices of an emergent centralising state institution to de-place the spatial logic of preceding centuries and the communities and political regimes they instantiated.
In this book, Claudia Glatz reconsiders the concept of empire and the processes of imperial making and undoing of the Hittite network in Late Bronze Age Anatolia. Using an array of archaeological, iconographic, and textual sources, she offers a fresh account of one of the earliest, well-attested imperialist polities of the ancient Near East. Glatz critically examines the complexity and ever – transforming nature of imperial relationships, and the practices through which Hittite elites and administrators aimed to bind disparate communities and achieve a measure of sovereignty in particular places and landscapes. She also tracks the ambiguities inherent in these practices -- what they did or did not achieve, how they were resisted, and how they were subtly negotiated in different regional and cultural contexts.