The Bronze Age Collapse: “1177 B.C. : The Year Civilization Collapsed”

Eric Cline’s “1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed,” about the Bronze Age collapse, is only $5.98 in the Kindle Edition. I can’t wait to read it.

Egypt Bronze Age Collapse 1177I haven’t yet read Eric Cline’s 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed, but I have heard about the practically simultaneous collapse of the great Bronze Age civilizations. It’s a subject I’ve been meaning to explore, but what with one thing and another . . . well, I never did.

However, I discovered that the Kindle edition of this much-lauded 2014 book is available for $5.98. I don’t know if that’s a temporary sales price or the permanent price. All I know is that it was such a good price on what is supposed to be such a good book that I instantly bought it. I plan to start reading it tonight.

In a few months time, I also hope to be able to direct you to a spectacular novel. I’m helping edit it now and, while I cannot tell you anything about it yet, you’ll hear from me when it’s available. It’s by a new, young writer, and it is simply phenomenal in terms of plot, character development, the author’s voice, the message . . . everything is special. I would be very surprised if the book doesn’t garner a very large audience.

I promise that, the moment the book is available, I’ll tell you all about it. But for now, when I walk away from my computer for the evening (where I’m doing gentle editing so as not to destroy the young author’s amazing voice), I’ll be reading about the Bronze Age collapse, and wondering and worrying whether there are parallels to be drawn to today’s world.

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What Business Thinks

  • Bistro

    Did you watch his impressive youtube video of his premis?
    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRcu-ysocX4&w=426&h=240%5D

  • ymarsakar

    Ancient civilizations, a favorite of mine. Although these days, due to the proof of the supernatural, the reality today is a lot more interesting than the fiction humans have written.

    When one sees evidence for the War of the Gods that continue to this day, as well as the archetypes and antecedents and facts the myths were based on, one no longer needs Lord of the Rings fantasy. Although Tolkien used much of legend in LOTR, such as Solomon’s ring as the basis for the Ring of One Power.

  • Joseph T Major

    Cline gives the lead-up to the collapse. The pre-collapse civilization was diverse and had abundant trade routes, communications, and art.

    As for its end, what Cline says is that while there wasn’t one cause, it was a whole lot of bad things all happening at once. Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes! The dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together — mass hysteria! Well maybe not all that, but there were earthquakes. There were droughts. Trade had declined. There was political unrest. It all came together — and the Sea Peoples were as much the result as they were the cause.

    1177 B.C. is a picture of a world that was striving for advancement; and a reminder of how fragile civilization, peace, prosperty, comfort can be.

  • emjaagaard

    Bookfinder.com has it in paper (my preference) for as little as $6.60 + $4.00 postage.

    • lyn5

      amazon has the paperback for $6.29. I snatched one.

      • Ivar Ivarson

        Same here. Always wondered about that particular “dark age.”

  • ymarsakar

    https://www.youtube.com/embed/bRcu-ysocX4

    I was watching this presentation and noticed that they didn’t mention Joseph’s plenipotentiary powers, which saved Egypt from a famine that everyone was suffering from and unprepared. This led up to Moses.

    He also doesn’t mention the Adena, equivalents to Plato’s Atlanteans, which colonized the copper mines of South America and Mexico, shipping it to the islands of the Mediterraneans. The Adena were destroyed a few hundred years before Jeremiah and Zedekiah. This puts them pretty close to the Sea People’s original problem, as the destruction of the homeland would have broken the logistics train of these islands, causing pirates and Sea People movers. When they traced copper to mines from Mexico, in that Bronze Age, interesting questions popped up.

    As for people bringing their drought with them, that is quite feasible when it comes to the powers of the elohim.

    If the US does not collapse, the problems in Europe and the ME can stabilize. If the problems persist and the US collapses at the same time, then the chaos will spread to them. The Atlanteans were quite the superpower to be able to project economic trade that far.

    In LDS texts, the Adena are closely similar to the Jaredites, the people who escaped the Tower of Babel without their language being shattered. Part of their language was mathematics and the knowledge provided by the Watchers pre Divine Flood. This would easily explain the navigation issues. Claiming an island to ship from to the locals, would have prevented having to station an army to protect the land routes, only utilizing a navy defense strategy as Britain did.

    Joshua’s people, inherited from Moses, did not think themselves capable of taking on the Hittites and the giants of Canaan. What benefited Israel was the power of their god, Yehovah or Yahweh, as well as the fact that the Israelis were a nomadic people, carrying their full man of war tally with them. Meanwhile the feudal defense farms, had to gather garrisons and warriors, which took time.

    Without the inclusion of supernatural powers, humans are limited in understanding history. How did the Adena, the mound builders of North America, survive the trip across the Atlantic? Why do the Mayans and Aztecs speak of white gods and often had spirit rituals on top of high places? Why do the Mayans and Aztecs speak of being refugees from a great disaster.

    Discounting the oral history as well as the supernatural events, also cripples human research.

  • RobertArvanitis

    Very interesting video, worth the time.
    Cline references Tainter and Renfrew on the collapse of complex societies:
    http://wtf.tw/ref/tainter.pdf
    I lean against the notion that complex societies are vulnerable. Complexity is generally NOT “it all has to work right.” Instead, the more complex an ecosystem, the more likely there are alternative pathways, and substitute occupants for each niche. It’s the one-crop economy that fails in the potato blight.
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    It IS true that a culture can grow complacent, and thus be vulnerable when another culture fails and goes rogue. That’s Western civilization today, in the face of violent loser Islam. And it has been easy for rogue Islam to disrupt the high trust based functions of the West, even things as simple as “stay on your side of the yellow line while driving…” We presume so much cooperation that it’s easy for a primitive to do real damage.
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    But that’s a flaw of our cultural confidence, not our technology or systems. The Brits of the 19th century knew how to handle suttee and the Thugees. Today we need only man up enough to deal with our challenges.

    • ymarsakar

      The Brits were the ones that created the modern Indian caste system, as it divided the colonized population and made it easier to manage and conquer.

      Suttee was a result of Islamic sex slave raids against conquered populations, something the Brits helped fund in Africa and with the national oil created for the ME.

      The idea that the West was an enemy of Islam all the time is untrue. The only way for Islam to take 100-1000 blue eyed virgins from Spain was through the Italian mafia patrician houses and with the local cooperation of various religious Vatican and local warlords. The West has always been guilty of complicity with evil, which is why people ignore the history of Islam as it implicates the Jews, the Italians, and pretty much a whole bunch of other powerful factions in “European history”.

  • Turlough

    I think it is a temporary sale price. I’ve had this on my wish list for a while but didn’t want to spend full price. Thank you so much for the heads up about the low price.