Chevron Left
Retour à Organising an Empire: The Assyrian Way

Avis et commentaires pour d'étudiants pour Organising an Empire: The Assyrian Way par Université Louis-et-Maximilien de Munich (LMU)

653 évaluations

À propos du cours

Discover the mighty kingdom of Assyria, which came to be the world’s first great empire three thousand years ago. From the 9th to the 7th centuries BC, during the imperial phase of Assyria’s long history, modern day northern Iraq was the central region of a state reaching from the Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf, and incorporating what is now Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, as well as half of Israel, and wide parts of south-eastern Turkey, and Western Iran. In its geographical extent, this state was unprecedentedly large, and the distinct geography of the Middle East, with deserts and high mountain ranges, posed challenges to communication and cohesion. What were the mechanisms that kept the Empire running? This course explores the methods the Assyrian government employed to ensure unity and maintain loyalty across vast distances, using traditional as well as innovative strategies. Some of these imperial techniques have marked parallels in the ways modern multi-national corporations are operating, others will strike you as profoundly alien. This course focusses on how the Assyrians organised their empire by analysing key aspects, namely: · The CEO – the king, a religious, political and military leader, who is charged to govern by his master, the god Assur; · Home Office – the royal palace in the central region and the royal court that form the administrative centre of the state; · The Regional Managers – the governors and client-rulers to whom local power is delegated; · Human Resources – the Empire’s people are its most precious assets, its consumers and its key product, as the goal of the imperial project was to create “Assyrians”; an approach with lasting repercussions that still reverberate in the Middle East today; and finally · The Fruits of Empire – it takes a lot of effort, so what are the rewards? When we explore these topics we will contextualise them with information about the lives led by ordinary Assyrian families. Taking this course will provide you with an overview of the political, social, religious, and military history of the world’s first superpower. It will give you insight into the geography and climatic conditions of the Middle East and contribute to your understanding of the opportunities and challenges of that region. It will present you with a vision of the Middle East at a time when its political and religious structures were very different from today....

Meilleurs avis


27 janv. 2021

The variety of presentations of a vast amount of knowledge made it engaging. Dr. Radner herself was engaging! The course provided a deep look into a civilization that is a bedrock to the modern world.


15 janv. 2021

This was my first MOOC and I fully enjoyed every aspect. The knowledge level of the instructors was evident as was their commitment to their students and the varied formats were consistently engaging.

Filtrer par :

1 - 25 sur 257 Avis pour Organising an Empire: The Assyrian Way

par M. S

27 juin 2020

par Iris X

15 mai 2018

par Naomi W

26 nov. 2018

par S

7 août 2021

par Kayla M

12 mai 2020

par anais r

15 août 2019

par Antonio A d P

1 sept. 2022

par Zakaria N

8 juil. 2020

par Yomukoto

1 juin 2020

par Tasneem H A

21 sept. 2020

par James H

7 juil. 2020

par Fernanda A B

20 mai 2020

par ammar a

1 juin 2020

par Ewa P

3 juin 2020

par Mark D

30 juin 2020

par Ofri M

3 juil. 2020

par Daniel H

28 mai 2020

par Rodney H

26 juin 2020

par James B

8 juil. 2020

par Yelyzaveta T

25 mai 2020

par Harsha I

30 mai 2020

par David B

31 mai 2020

par David H F

19 avr. 2021

par Hamdanil R

22 avr. 2018

par Nathan S

29 janv. 2021