What Makes civilisation? by David Wengrow
A very good book which looks at the two main civilisations of the Near East – Sumerian and Egyptian – and looks at how they were inter-related, through culture, trade, religious practice and ideas. The book is well written and readable, with much of interest to say. A concluding section examines how the notion of ‘the birth of civilisation in the Near East’ has contributed to Western ideas of our own genesis. The earlier sections on the nature of religious practice and commerce are particularly good. Recommended to all interested in the appearance of historical (written) cultures 5,000+ years ago.