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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
SeriesTurning Points in Ancient History
SubjectLate Bronze Age collapse
PublisherPrinceton University Press
Publication date
Publication placeUnited States
Media typePrint, e-book, audio book
Awards2014 The New York Post's Best Books. 2014 The Australian's Best Books of the Year. 2015 The Federalist's Notable Books.
LC ClassGN778.25.C55 2014 https://lccn.loc.gov/2013032059
WebsitePublisher - 1177 B.C

1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed is a 2014 non-fiction book about the Late Bronze Age collapse by American archaeologist Eric H. Cline. It was published by Princeton University Press. An updated edition was published in 2021.


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]


The book has won the following awards:[2]

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  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. Archived from the original on 2017-07-19.
  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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