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Deportations: an inquest into the mass-movements of conquered peoples in the Neo-Assyrian Empire

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posted on 28.03.2022, 01:01 authored by June Ishtar Jako
The Assyrian textual and iconographic sources, including the Bible, depict the deportations undertaken by the Assyrian kings during the Neo-Assyrian period (900-612 BCE), and their violent nature in moving and displacing the conquered peoples. The Assyrian Royal Inscriptions and the palace wall reliefs point to the uprooting of mass quantities of people from their homeland followed by settling them against their will in new lands. Evidence in other textual sources such as the letters of the Assyrian bureaucracy, known as the Administrative Letters, indicate a different treatment towards 'deportees', which appears to have been more friendly, favourable and sympathetic, where the 'conqueror' demonstrates consideration and concern for the wellbeing and fate of the deportees. The lenient treatment towards deportees may have been because of a need for the migration of people to places requiring development and enhancement. The deportation policy practised by the Assyrian Empire can also be considered under contemporary definitions of forced migration. A comparison against recent forced migrations and the displacement of people may indicate similar motivations and intentions.This research will investigate and discuss the imperial motivations which possibly caused the mass-deportations as well as the exchange of population in the Neo-Assyrian Empire. These motivations are likely to have played a significant role behind the rationale for the treatment of the deportees during the different stages of the deportation process.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction -- 2. The catagorisation of forced migrations -- 3. Deportations and the Assyrian imperial motivations -- 4. The conquered and the conqueror -- 5. Conclusion

Notes

Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 78-82

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes

Degree

MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Art, Department of Ancient History

Department, Centre or School

Department of Ancient History

Year of Award

2017

Principal Supervisor

Kyle Keimer

Rights

Copyright June Ishtar Jako 2017 Copyright disclaimer: http://mq.edu.au/library/copyright

Language

English

Extent

1 online resource (82 pages) illustrations, maps

Former Identifiers

mq:71542 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/1275442