The End of the Bronze Age: Changes in Warfare and the Catastrophe ca. 1200 B.C.

The End of the Bronze Age: Changes in Warfare and the Catastrophe ca. 1200 B.C.

by Robert Drews
     
 

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The Bronze Age came to a close early in the twelfth century b.c. with one of the worst calamities in history: over a period of several decades, destruction descended upon key cities throughout the Eastern Mediterranean, bringing to an end the Levantine, Hittite, Trojan, and Mycenaean kingdoms and plunging some lands into a dark age that would last more than four

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The Bronze Age came to a close early in the twelfth century b.c. with one of the worst calamities in history: over a period of several decades, destruction descended upon key cities throughout the Eastern Mediterranean, bringing to an end the Levantine, Hittite, Trojan, and Mycenaean kingdoms and plunging some lands into a dark age that would last more than four hundred years. In his attempt to account for this destruction, Robert Drews rejects the traditional explanations and proposes a military one instead.The Bronze Age came to a close early in the twelfth century b.c. with one of the worst calamities in history: over a period of several decades, destruction descended upon key cities throughout the Eastern Mediterranean, bringing to an end the Levantine, Hittite, Trojan, and Mycenaean kingdoms and plunging some lands into a dark age that would last more than four hundred years. In his attempt to account for this destruction, Robert Drews rejects the traditional explanations and proposes a military one instead.

Editorial Reviews

Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews
[Drews] has differentiated between evidence and speculation so that those who will continue to debate the Catastrophe can use the book effectively. What is more important is that he has laid to rest some archaeological factoids which in their turn were based on no more than guesswork.
— David W. J. Gill
The Journal of Military History
[The End of the Bronze Age] provides a concise overview of the problem and the present state of our knowledge.... Drews has produced a thought-provoking work with an intriguing thesis, informative and thorough in its scholarship, sound and imaginative in its arguments.
— J. P. Karras
The Times Literary Supplement
Unusually sophisticated.... Well argued and learned.
— A. M. Snodgrass
Bryn Mawr Classical Review

[Drews] has differentiated between evidence and speculation so that those who will continue to debate the Catastrophe can use the book effectively. What is more important is that he has laid to rest some archaeological factoids which in their turn were based on no more than guesswork.
— David W. J. Gill
The Journal of Military History - J.P. Karras
[The End of the Bronze Age] provides a concise overview of the problem and the present state of our knowledge.... Drews has produced a thought-provoking work with an intriguing thesis, informative and thorough in its scholarship, sound and imaginative in its arguments.
Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews - David W.J. Gill
[Drews] has differentiated between evidence and speculation so that those who will continue to debate the Catastrophe can use the book effectively. What is more important is that he has laid to rest some archaeological factoids which in their turn were based on no more than guesswork.
The Times Literary Supplement - A.M. Snodgrass
Unusually sophisticated.... Well argued and learned.
The Journal of Military History - J. P. Karras
[The End of the Bronze Age] provides a concise overview of the problem and the present state of our knowledge.... Drews has produced a thought-provoking work with an intriguing thesis, informative and thorough in its scholarship, sound and imaginative in its arguments.
Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews - David W. J. Gill
[Drews] has differentiated between evidence and speculation so that those who will continue to debate the Catastrophe can use the book effectively. What is more important is that he has laid to rest some archaeological factoids which in their turn were based on no more than guesswork.
The Times Literary Supplement - A. M. Snodgrass
Unusually sophisticated.... Well argued and learned.
From the Publisher
"[The End of the Bronze Age] provides a concise overview of the problem and the present state of our knowledge.... Drews has produced a thought-provoking work with an intriguing thesis, informative and thorough in its scholarship, sound and imaginative in its arguments."—J. P. Karras, The Journal of Military History

"[Drews] has differentiated between evidence and speculation so that those who will continue to debate the Catastrophe can use the book effectively. What is more important is that he has laid to rest some archaeological factoids which in their turn were based on no more than guesswork."—David W. J. Gill, Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews

"Unusually sophisticated.... Well argued and learned."—A. M. Snodgrass, The Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691048116
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
02/29/2000
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.20(d)

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