The Amarna Diplomacy in IR Perspective – A System of States in the Making

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Title The Amarna Diplomacy in IR Perspective – A System of States in the Making
 
Creator Aissaoui, Alex
 
Subject Political Science, International Relations, International History
Amarna diplomacy; power balancing; security dilemma; international anarchy; system of states
 
Description The Amarna diplomacy (ca. 1365–1330 BCE) has been of interest for specialists ever since the discovery of the Amarna letter collection in the late 19th century. While it can be considered as one of the great archaeolo-gical discoveries of all time, it has largely remained out of academic purview in the field of International Relations (IR). IR scholarship continues to turn to the Greco-Roman experience in its attempt to delineate the chronological framework of the discipline. Far from being an anecdote in international history, this article aims to analyze what the letters convey for a student of world politics. What comes out of these missives through textual analysis of the primary sources is not only the various demands, wishes and security concerns of the actors involved but also classical IR themes such as power balancing, security dilemma and international anarchy. While there are question marks and lacunas, this paper asserts that the ancient Near Eastern world constituted an international arena where we see the makings of a genuine system of states more than a millennium before the writings of Thucydides. The Amarna letters, although incomplete, are a gateway to gain deeper synergy between IR theory and international history.
 
Publisher Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais
 
Contributor University of Helsinki, Department of Political an economic studies
 
Date 2018-09-21
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion

 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://periodicos.pucminas.br/index.php/estudosinternacionais/article/view/14069
10.5752/P.2317-773X.2018v6n2p9
 
Source Estudos Internacionais: International Relations Journal; v. 6, n. 2 (2018): ESTUDOS INTERNACIONAIS - DOSSIÊ "The Amarna Letters: relations between polities in the ancient world"; 9-29
Estudos internacionais: revista de relações internacionais da PUC Minas; v. 6, n. 2 (2018): ESTUDOS INTERNACIONAIS - DOSSIÊ "The Amarna Letters: relations between polities in the ancient world"; 9-29
2317-773X
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://periodicos.pucminas.br/index.php/estudosinternacionais/article/view/14069/13683
 
Rights Direitos autorais 2018 Estudos internacionais: revista de relações internacionais da PUC Minas
 

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