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Imperial Matter: Ancient Persia and the Archaeology of Empires (2016)

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Abstract

What is the role of the material world in shaping the tensions and paradoxes of imperial sovereignty? Scholars have long shone light on the complex processes of conquest, extraction, and colonialism under imperial rule. But imperialism has usually been cast as an exclusively human drama, one in which the world of matter does not play an active role. Lori Khatchadourian argues instead that things—from everyday objects to monumental buildings—profoundly shape social and political life under empire. Based on the archaeology of ancient Persia and the South Caucasus, Imperial Matter advances powerful new analytical approaches to the study of imperialism writ large and should be read by scholars of empire across the humanities and social sciences.

Keywords

empire, sovereignty, imperialism, south caucasus, ancient persia

Languages

English

Publisher

University of California Press

ISBN

9780520290525, 9780520964952

Pages

330

DOI

10.1525/luminos.13

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