Diplomacy in Ancient Times: The Figure of Udjahorresnet : An International Relations Perspective

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Aissaoui , A 2020 , ' Diplomacy in Ancient Times: The Figure of Udjahorresnet : An International Relations Perspective ' , Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections , vol. 26 , pp. 12-34 .

Title: Diplomacy in Ancient Times: The Figure of Udjahorresnet : An International Relations Perspective
Author: Aissaoui, Alex
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern Empires (ANEE)
Date: 2020-06-19
Language: eng
Number of pages: 23
Belongs to series: Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections
ISSN: 1944-2815
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/317738
Abstract: For international relations (IR) scholars, the story behind the figure of Udjahorresnet might seem as an obscure phase in international history. Yet the pre-Roman period is educative for testing constitutive IR concepts such as the balance of power theory, international system, or soft power, which are still widely assumed to have become relevant only in the post-Roman context rather than in the ancient civilizations of the Eastern Mediterranean preceding the Greco-Roman experience. This article proposes that insights from IR theory can offer ancient historians and Egyptologists theoretical tools by linking empirical facts to patterns rather than just unique events via conceptual analysis. Udjahorresnet as diplomatic figure is an important primary source to understand the transition of power from native Egyptian hands to the Achaemenid rule, and thus it provides a case study where micro and macro levels of analyses find fertile ground in a cross-disciplinary framework.
Subject: 615 History and Archaeology
balance of power
soft power
International system
ancient Near East
Ancient history
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