The End of the Bronze Age

The End of the Bronze Age
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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.

List of IllustrationsAcknowledgmentsAbbreviationsPt. 1IntroductionCh. 1The Catastrophe and Its Chronology3Ch. 2The Catastrophe Surveyed8Pt. 2Alternative Explanations of the CatastropheCh. 3Earthquakes33Ch. 4Migrations48Ch. 5Ironworking73Ch. 6Drought77Ch. 7Systems Collapse85Ch. 8Raiders91Pt. 3A Military Explanation of the CatastropheCh. 9Preface to a Military Explanation of the Catastrophe97Ch. 10The Chariot Warfare of the Late Bronze Age104Ch. 11Footsoldiers in the Late Bronze Age135Ch. 12Infantry and Horse Troops in the Early Iron Age164Ch. 13Changes in Armor and Weapons at the End of the Bronze Age174Ch. 14The End of Chariot Warfare in the Catastrophe209Bibliography227Index245

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