1. Introduction: The Region of the Levant and the Resurgence of the Local Perspective

Levantine Entanglements - Local Dynamics of Globalization in a Contested Region - Terje Stordalen

Terje Stordalen [+-]
University of Oslo
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Terje Stordalen is professor of Hebrew Bible / Old Testament Studies at the University of Oslo, Norway.
Øystein S. LaBianca [+-]
Andrews University
Øystein S. LaBianca is a professor of anthropology at Andrews University in Michigan. He is the author, co-author or co-editor of over twenty books dealing with the archaeology of Jordan and is a founding co-director of the Madaba Plains Project.

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This chapter introduces the rationale for studying global history from the context of specific localities and viewing the Levant in a longue durée perspective. The relevant lands are geographically defined and the editors offer a reflection on different conventions for naming these lands. Certain salient characteristics of the Levant are identified and elaborated, such as its perennial internal fragmentation, its geopoliticially strategic location as a corridor connecting cultural epicenters at three different continents, and the resultant constant exposure to successive world empires and trade networks.

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Stordalen, Terje; LaBianca, Øystein. 1. Introduction: The Region of the Levant and the Resurgence of the Local Perspective. Levantine Entanglements - Local Dynamics of Globalization in a Contested Region. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Sep 2020. ISBN 9781781799123. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=38437. Date accessed: 18 Jul 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.38437. Sep 2020

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