1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed

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1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed
Picture of the first edition book jacket
Cover of the first edition
AuthorEric H. Cline
Audio read byAndy Caploe
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SeriesTurning Points in Ancient History
SubjectLate Bronze Age collapse
PublisherPrinceton University Press
Publication date
2014
Media typePrint, e-book, audio book
Pages264
Awards2014 The New York Post’s Best Books. 2014 The Australian’s Best Books of the Year. 2015 The Federalist’s Notable Books.
ISBN9780691140896
GN778.25.C55 2014
LC Classhttps://lccn.loc.gov/2013032059
WebsitePublisher - 1177 B.C
A map of the Bronze Age collapse. Click on image to enlarge.

1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed is a 2014 non-fiction book about the Late Bronze Age collapse by Eric H. Cline. It was published by Princeton University Press.

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The book focuses on Cline's hypothesis for the Late Bronze Age collapse of civilization, a transition period that affected the Egyptians, Hittites, Canaanites, Cypriots, Minoans, Mycenaeans, Assyrians and Babylonians; varied heterogeneous cultures populating eight powerful and flourishing states intermingling via trade, commerce, exchange and "cultural piggybacking," despite "all the difficulties of travel and time."[1] He presents evidence to support a "perfect storm" of "multiple interconnected failures," meaning that more than one natural and man-made cataclysm caused the disintegration and demise of an ancient civilization that incorporated "empires and globalized peoples."[1][2] This ended the Bronze Age, and ended the Mycenaean, Minoan, Trojan, Hittite, and Babylonian cultures.[2]

Before this book, the leading hypothesis during previous decades attributed the civilizations' collapse mostly to Sea Peoples of unknown origin.[1][2][3][4]

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This book has won the following awards:[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Gopnik, Adam (19 March 2014). "Of Hippos and Kings". New Yorker. Condé Nast. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Summary (2014). "1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed, Eric H. Cline". Princeton University Press. Archived from the original on 2017-07-19. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  3. ^ Knapp, A. Bernard. "The Year Civilization Collapsed". History Today. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  4. ^ Karacic, Steven (August 2015). "Eric H. Cline, 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed". Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Bryn Mawr College. Retrieved 5 July 2017.

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