1177 B.C

1177 B.C

The Year Civilization Collapsed

Book - 2014
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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. No more Minoans or Mycenaeans. No more Trojans, Hittites, or Babylonians. The thriving economy and cultures of the late second millennium B.C., which had stretched from Greece to Egypt and Mesopotamia, suddenly ceased to exist, along with writing systems, technology, and monumental architecture. But the 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. Bringing to life the vibrant multicultural world of these great civilizations, he draws a sweeping panorama of the empires and globalized peoples of the Late Bronze Age and shows that it was their very interdependence that hastened their dramatic collapse and ushered in a dark age that lasted centuries.

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.

Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780691140896
Branch Call Number: 930.156 Cli
Characteristics: xx, 237 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.


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A well-researched examination of the civilizations which collapsed in the Late Bronze Age. Great for those interested in a scholarly approach concerning past and current research.

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Apr 04, 2017

This is a wonderfully written book. It's sort of a survey of our knowledge about the Sea Peoples with an introduction to the world they appeared in. The author includes lots of anecdotal tidbits about the people involved, as well as plenty of fascinating information about how we have acquired our knowledge. I felt the parallels with the modern world were a bit of a stretch, but the author only touches on those very lightly.

Jun 03, 2015

Fascinating analysis of the Late Bronze Age and the complexity of the demise of the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean Bronze Age civilizations. The book shows that instability is nothing new to the Near East. The author does a good job pointing out the many variables that caused what was essentially an apocalypse of its times, and from those times come the roots of today's major religions and cultures.

Apr 22, 2015

On the dry, scholarly side but very interesting reading.

Mar 24, 2015

A bit dry/academic for most of the book, but still some fascinating insights into ancient civilizations and their collapse. The advanced theory that it was a combination of events/causesnimpacting a complex collection of civilizations seems like pretty plausible.

Dec 30, 2014

Looks at the potential causes for the collapse of the Late Bronze Age. Well researched and concise without too much bias to any specific conclusion. Worth reading if you are interested.

Dec 08, 2014

A very well written, concise summary of the state of current research. Cline explains the evolution of thinking on key issues related to the causes behind the collapse(s) of the Late Bronze Age in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East, based on the latest findings. Despite the title, Cline specifically notes that the 'collapse' was not a single event, nor due to just one cause -- least of all the Sea Peoples commonly singled out for blame in popular texts.

Oct 31, 2014

An excellent account of a somewhat obscure period in ancient history, with plenty of discussion of the limits of evidence. It may be too scholarly for the general reader.

Jul 15, 2014

excellent information

Lomond Apr 04, 2014

It looks like the events of this documentary mark the beginning of the end for African people.


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