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1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed (Turning Points by Eric H. Cline

By Eric H. Cline

In 1177 B.C., marauding teams identified basically because the "Sea Peoples" invaded Egypt. The pharaoh's military and military controlled to defeat them, however the victory so weakened Egypt that it quickly slid into decline, as did many of the surrounding civilizations. After centuries of brilliance, the civilized global of the Bronze Age got here to an abrupt and cataclysmic finish. Kingdoms fell like dominoes over the process quite a few a long time. not more Minoans or Mycenaeans. not more Trojans, Hittites, or Babylonians. The thriving economic system and cultures of the overdue moment millennium B.C., which had stretched from Greece to Egypt and Mesopotamia, without notice ceased to exist, besides writing platforms, know-how, and huge structure. however the Sea Peoples by myself couldn't have brought on such common breakdown. How did it happen?

In this significant new account of the factors of this "First darkish Ages," Eric Cline tells the gripping tale of the way the top was once caused through a number of interconnected disasters, starting from invasion and insurrection to earthquakes, drought, and the slicing of overseas alternate routes. Bringing to existence the colourful multicultural international of those nice civilizations, he attracts a sweeping landscape of the empires and globalized peoples of the past due Bronze Age and exhibits that it was once their very interdependence that hastened their dramatic cave in and ushered in a gloomy age that lasted centuries.

A compelling mix of narrative and the newest scholarship, 1177 B.C. sheds new gentle at the advanced ties that gave upward push to, and finally destroyed, the flourishing civilizations of the past due Bronze Age—and that set the degree for the emergence of classical Greece.

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