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The Power of the Past

The British Academy and the British School of Archaeology in Iraq co-sponsored a conference on ‘Steady States: Institutional Stability in the Face of Political Change’, the proceedings of which have now been published. Dr Harriet Crawford explains how for thousands of years government practices and personnel managed to survive violent regime change in the Near East — until recent events.

• Harriet Crawford

The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.

Published in British Academy Review, Issue 10, 2007.