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Organising an Empire

The Assyrian Way

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.

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Rating 4.8 based on 45 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 2 to 3 hours per week
Starts Apr 29 (4 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) via Coursera
Instructor Karen Radner
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Language English
Subjects Humanities Art & Design
Tags History Arts And Humanities Philosophy

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It has prompted me to seek further information about the Assyrian Empire.

It provided a great overview of the Assyrian Empire.

Karen Radner & others have been excellent in their delivery of all important aspects of the Assyrian empire - from religion to culture, family to army and from internal & external influencers of this empire!

Karen Radner's lectures and the "Talking about ..." discussions were very interesting, but I especially liked the cartoon character drawings used to describe the events that happened in the Assyrian empire.

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Professor Karen Radner is objective, scholarly, and cheerfully unbiased in evaluating one of the most influential civilisations in Human History.

So looking forward to more from Karen Radner, Denise Bolton and team!

Very interesting course Many thanks to Professor Dr. Karen Radner whose dedication, commitment and understanding of her subject shows in every video, and in all the study material she has so carefully prepared for us.

Karen Radner enthusiasm about the topic really kept me captivated and I always enjoyed the expert opinions.

Karen Radner all the work and knowledge shared through the course.

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I have watched the module 1, and I have gotten an impressive view to the Assyrian Empire through Professor Karan and her wonderful lectures So Far I am Loving this Course, So much Info, I have always wanted to do a course on the Assyrian Empire.Fab way of learning too, with tests at each stage rather than a mighty one at the end.

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An excellent, well presented and researched course which only makes us anticipate keenly further related courses on Babylonia and Mesopotamia.

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Rating 4.8 based on 45 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 2 to 3 hours per week
Starts Apr 29 (4 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) via Coursera
Instructor Karen Radner
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Humanities Art & Design
Tags History Arts And Humanities Philosophy

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