The Foundations of the Kingdom: The Reigns of Labarna and Hattusili I (–c.1620)
The second phase of the Assyrian colony period was marked by widespread conflicts which affected every area in Anatolia where the Assyrian merchants conducted their trading operations. This was followed by a new era in the history and civilization of Anatolia, the so-called Late Bronze Age, the era in which Anatolia was dominated by the kingdom of the Hittites. This chapter focuses on the reigns of Hittite kings Labarna and Hattusili I, the rebellion in the city of Sanahuitta against Labarna, Hattusili I's accession to the Hittite throne, Hittites' invasion of Syria, Hattusili's campaign against the land of Arzawa, rebellions in the Hittite kingdom's subject states, Hattusili's second campaign in Syria, what Hattusili achieves by his military campaigns, the ideology of kingship, Hattusili's later campaigns, Hattusili's summoning of an assembly of the most powerful political and military personages in the kingdom, the involvement of Hattusili's family members in the royal succession, and the selection of a new Hittite king.
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