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    DescriptionThe 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.


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    Title
    The End of the Bronze Age
    Subtitle
    Changes in Warfare and the Catastrophe Ca.1200 B.C.
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert Drews
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 264
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780691025919
    ISBN 10: 0691025916
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG, JW
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QSM
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Libri: I-HP
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27400
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    DC22: 930
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GREECE
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    B&T Approval Code: A44091000, A17520000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000
    DC20: 930.091822
    BIC subject category V2: 1QSM
    Thema V1.0: JW, NHB, NHC
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    10 halftones, 4 figures
    Publisher
    Princeton University Press
    Imprint name
    Princeton University Press
    Publication date
    11 January 1996
    Publication City/Country
    New Jersey
    Review quote
    "[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 Review "Unusually sophisticated... Well argued and learned."--A. M. Snodgrass, The Times Literary Supplement
    Back cover copy
    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 - earthquakes, migrations, drought, systems collapse - and proposes a military one instead. Combining fascinating archaeological facts with vivid descriptions of military tactics, Drews presents the transition from chariot to infantry warfare as the primary cause of the Great Kingdoms' downfall. Late in the thirteenth century B.C. the barbarians who until then had been little cause for concern to the Great Kingdoms, and who had served the kings as mercenary "runners" in support of the chariots, awoke to the fact that en masse they could destroy a chariot army. There followed an orgy of slaughter, looting, and destruction. From the ashes arose the city-states of Greece and the tribal confederacy of Israel, communities that depended on massed formations of infantrymen. In making these arguments, the author uses textual and archaeological evidence to reconstruct what actually happened in the Bronze Age chariot battles, as well as the combat that characterized the Catastrophe.
    Table of contents
    List of Illustrations Ch. 2The Catastrophe Surveyed Pt. 2Alternative Explanations of the Catastrophe Ch. 4Migrations Ch. 5Ironworking Ch. 6Drought Ch. 7Systems Collapse Ch. 8Raiders Pt. 3A Military Explanation of the Catastrophe Ch. 10The Chariot Warfare of the Late Bronze Age Ch. 11Footsoldiers in the Late Bronze Age Ch. 12Infantry and Horse Troops in the Early Iron Age Ch. 13Changes in Armor and Weapons at the End of the Bronze Age Ch. 14The End of Chariot Warfare in the Catastrophe Bibliography Index