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Science  07 Jun 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5574, pp. 1809-1810
DOI: 10.1126/science.1073302

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Uruk Mesopotamia & Its Neighbors Cross-Cultural Interactions in the Era of State Formation. Mitchell S. Rothman, Ed. School of American Research Press, Santa Fe, NM, 2001. 578 pp. $60. ISBN 1-930618-02-6. Paper, $24.95. ISBN 1-930618-03-4. James Currey, Oxford, 2002. £45. ISBN 0-85255-461-3. Paper, £16.95. ISBN 0-85255-460-5.

The contributors consider the implications of recent data on economic, political, and social aspects of the period during which the first states emerged in Mesopotamia, long considered the model case for the evolution of complex societies.