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The Mediterranean World Political System

The Mediterranean World Political System primarily refers to the political interactions, inter- and intra-civilizational relations, and competition for system-wide hegemonic status between political units/entities/actors within the region that this given world political system encompasses. The collection of data for polar periods begins around approximately 2000 BC, with Aegean Greece providing the first case of unitary political actors within the system. Evidence of political actors during the Neolithic Period within the Mediterranean System remains limited, and for this reason, historical evidence is primarily extrapolated from the Late Bronze Period, with the Minoan Civilization serving as the initial subject of observation. The Mediterranean System, at its inception, primarily covered four subregional civilizations of Aegean Greece: Crete, the Cycladic Islands, Helladic Civilization, and Thessalonian Civilization. The classification of power configurations begins around 2000 BC with the island of Crete, as the Minoan Civilization of the island presented the most politically and economically developed culture of the Aegean.