"Kill them all" some remarks on the annihilation of the Ya'ilanum Tribe (1781 B.C.E.)

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Abstract

My analysis of the military campaign carried out by the armies of the Upper Mes-opotamian Kingdom in the lands of Qabra and Nurrugum (1781 B.C.E.) centers on the different treatment allotted by the armies of Samsi-Addu and Išme-Dagan to the populations defeated during that campaign. While the inhabitants of Nineveh were captured and some even incorporated into the army of Išme-Dagan, the tribe of Ya'ilanum was annihilated. This drastic action was the result of deep-seated prejudices of the leaders of the Upper Mesopotamian Kingdom against non-urban populations, who were frequently perceived as subhuman and dangerous beings meriting annihilation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)683-689
JournalJournal of the American Oriental Society
Volume133
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

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