Early Dynastic Mesopotamia
Around 2900 BC, after the flood, comes a time period called Early Dynastic, which lasts for about 600 years (there is a good deal of disagreement). It corresponds to the Old Kingdom in Egypt and to the Early Bronze Age in Greece.
The civilization of West Asia continued in more or less the same way as before. Between the Tigris and the Euphrates there were many cities, each laying claim to some of the land around it (and the people who lived on that land). Generally each city had a king, and also a high priest or priestess. Both the priests and the kings were very powerful, and they had to cooperate with each other in order to rule.
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Some of these kings wanted to get power over the other kings, so the cities were constantly fighting each other. Sometimes one king really did rule over many cities, and the other kings had to do what he said. Sometimes kings claimed to be in charge, but really nobody listened to them. It is hard now for us to tell which is which.
To find out more about the Early Dynastic period in Mesopotamia, check out these books from Amazon or from your library:
Mesopotamia, by Pamela Service (1998). For kids, down to the Persian conquest of the area.
Find Out About Mesopotamia: What Life Was Like in Ancient Sumer, Babylon and Assyria, by Lorna Oakes (2004).
Ancient Mesopotamians, by Elena Gambino (2000). For kids, retellings of Mesopotamian stories and lots of context.
Ancient Near Eastern History and Culture, by William H. Stiebing (2002). Expensive, and hard to read, but it's a good up to date account.