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date: 10 July 2020

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This chapter examines the history of the formation of city-states in the Fertile Crescent. It provides a working definition of city-state in both spatial and social terms, and describes the city-state, focusing on the historical periods of early Mesopotamia. The chapter also considers the ideology of the city-state, the administration of an integrated economy, the emergence of kingship and institutions of government, and the replacement of the city-state system with territorial kingdoms.

Keywords: city-states, Fertile Crescent, early Mesopotamia, ideology, integrated economy, kingship, institutions of government, territorial kingdoms

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