Ancient West Asian Civilization

Geoenvironment and Society in the Pre-Islamic Middle East

  • Akira Tsuneki
  • Shigeo Yamada
  • Ken-ichiro Hisada

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Environment and People of Ancient West Asia

  3. Great Transformations in Prehistory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Ken-ichi Tanno, Osamu Maeda
      Pages 87-98
    3. Hans-Peter Uerpmann, Margarethe Uerpmann
      Pages 99-113
    4. Ünsal Yalçın
      Pages 115-130
  4. Urbanization and Change in Human Societies

  5. Importance of Cultural Heritage

  6. Synthesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
    2. Timothy P. Harrison
      Pages 221-228
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 229-230

About this book


This book explores aspects of the ancient civilization in West Asia, which has had a great impact on modern human society—agriculture, metallurgy, cities, writing, regional states, and monotheism, all of which appeared first in West Asia during the tenth to first millennia BC.
The editors specifically use the term "West Asia" since the "Middle East" is seen as an Eurocentric term. By using this term, the book hopes to mitigate potential bias (i.e. historical and Western) by using a pure geographical term. However, the "West Asia" region is identical to that of the narrower "Middle East," which encompasses modern Iran and Turkey from east to west and Turkey and the Arabian Peninsula from north to south.
This volume assembles research from different disciplines, such as the natural sciences, archaeology and philology/linguistics, in order to tackle the question of which circumstances and processes these significant cultural phenomena occurred in West Asia. Scrutinizing subjects such as the relations between climate, geology and human activities, the origins of wheat cultivation and animal domestication, the development of metallurgy, the birth of urbanization and writing, ancient religious traditions, as well as the treatment of cultural heritage, the book undertakes a comprehensive analysis of West Asian Civilization that provided the common background to cultures in various areas of the globe, including Europe and Asia.
These contributions will attempt to demonstrate a fresh vision which emphasizes the common cultural origin between Europe and West Asia, standing in opposition to the global antagonism symbolized by the theory of "Clash of Civilizations."


Civilization West Asia Archaeology Earth Science Cuneiform Studies

Editors and affiliations

  • Akira Tsuneki
    • 1
  • Shigeo Yamada
    • 2
  • Ken-ichiro Hisada
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Humanities and Social SciencesUniversity of TsukubaTsukubaJapan
  2. 2.Faculty of Humanities and Social SciencesUniversity of TsukubaTsukubaJapan
  3. 3.Faculty of Life and Environmental SciencesUniversity of TsukubaTsukubaJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-0553-4
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-0554-1
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