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The Resource 1177 B.C. : the year civilization collapsed, Eric H. Cline

1177 B.C. : the year civilization collapsed, Eric H. Cline

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1177 B.C. : the year civilization collapsed
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1177 B.C.
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the year civilization collapsed
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Eric H. Cline
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1177 BC
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eng
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"In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the "Sea Peoples" invaded Egypt. The pharaoh's army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilizations. After centuries of brilliance, the civilized world of the Bronze Age came to an abrupt and cataclysmic end. Kingdoms fell like dominoes over the course of just a few decades.. systhe Sea Peoples alone could not have caused such widespread breakdown. How did it happen? In this major new account of the causes of this "First Dark Ages," Eric Cline tells the gripping story of how the end was brought about by multiple interconnected failures, ranging from invasion and revolt to earthquakes, drought, and the cutting of international trade routes.... A compelling combination of narrative and the latest scholarship, 1177 B.C. sheds new light on the complex ties that gave rise to, and ultimately destroyed, the flourishing civilizations of the Late Bronze Age--and that set the stage for the emergence of classical Greece"--
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  • Archaeologist Cline (From Eden to Exile ) looks at the downfall of the many interconnected civilizations of the Late Bronze Age. This complex, highly organized interplay was sustained for three centuries, and came to an end over a period of approximately 100 years. Cline explores a vast array of variables that could have led to the disruption of the society of this era, including earthquakes, famines, droughts, warfare, and, most notably, invasions by the “Sea Peoples.” In some cases, the end was abrupt, but mostly it was highly evolved kingdoms ending not with a bang but a whimper. Cline handles the archeological evidence well, though the narrative drive is lacking. For example, early in the book he refers to the 2011 Arab Spring, making a comparison between those events and similar incidents in ancient times. Unfortunately, he doesn’t carry the analogy far enough and the book’s storyline suffers. Cline is at his best when he discusses the archives of letters found at Ugarit and Amarna. Much time is spent invoking the Sea Peoples, but the conclusion is that their role was small. Overall, Cline’s work appears aimed at those who have more than a passing interest in archeology, as that record bears the heaviest influence on the whole of this story. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed February 17, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 07, p)
  • The end (14th–12th century BCE) of the Late Bronze Age was a time of international commerce, politics, and war among the ancient Egyptians, Assyrians, Mycenaean Greeks, the Hittites, and lesser groups. However, over the span of about a hundred years, this ancient brand of globalism fell apart, and the great kingdoms collapsed, giving way to smaller polities and localized economies—the Iron Age. Traditionally, the "Sea Peoples," nomadic tribes scarcely identified in historical or archaeological records, were blamed for the collapse. Many recent historians have looked to other root causes: climate change, earthquakes, or internal rebellions. Cline (classics, George Washington Univ.; The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction ) has created an excellent, concise survey of the major players of the time, the latest archaeological developments, and the major arguments, including his own theories, regarding the nature of the collapse that fundamentally altered the area around the Mediterranean and the Near East. He assesses how, when considering the evidence of burnt remains of an ancient city, it is not so simple to determine whether it was from raiders, internal rebellion, or natural disaster. VERDICT This admirable introduction to the study of the era between the glorious past of Egypt (the Great Pyramid was already 1,500 years old) and the rise of Classical Greece (another 750 years away) will be appreciated by both generalists and classics buffs.— Evan M. Anderson, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames --Evan M. Anderson (Reviewed March 1, 2014) (Library Journal, vol 139, issue 4, p98)
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Cline, Eric H
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930.1/56
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  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
GN778.25
LC item number
.C55 2014
Literary form
non fiction
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Turning points in ancient history
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  • Bronze age
  • Mediterranean Region
  • Mediterranean Region
  • Sea Peoples
  • HISTORY / Ancient / General
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology
  • HISTORY / Civilization
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the year civilization collapsed
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1177 B.C. : the year civilization collapsed, Eric H. Cline
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-228) and index
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1012398
Dimensions
24 cm.
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xx, 237 pages
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9780691140896
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(hbk. : acid-free paper)
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2013032059
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illustrations, maps
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(Sirsi) i9780691140896
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1177 B.C. : the year civilization collapsed, Eric H. Cline
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-228) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1012398
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xx, 237 pages
Isbn
9780691140896
Isbn Type
(hbk. : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2013032059
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780691140896

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