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Climate Change: Environment and Civilization in the Middle East

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By: AS Issar and M Zohar

252 pages, 30 Illus


Hardback | Dec 2004 | #148229 | ISBN: 3540210865
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A survey of the ancient levels of lakes, rivers and the sea, as well as changes in the compositions of stalagmites and sediments showed an astonishing correlation of climate changes with the emergence and collapse of civilizations in the Middle East. Each warm period was characterized by aridization, economic crisis and mass migration. Whereas cold periods brought abundant rain, prosperity and settlement in the arid lands. The authors thus concluded, that climate change was the decisive factor in the history surrounding the origins of the "cradle of civilization".


The Pendulum of Paradigms.- Constructing the Jigsaw Puzzle of Paleoclimates.- The Near East: A Bridge from the Garden of Eden to the Fields of Toil.- The Great Transition - from Farming Villages to Urban Centers.- The Urban Revolution and the Dawn of History.- Dark Age, Renaissance, and Decay.- Migrations and Settlings.- The Age of Iron and Empires.- Crusaders, Mamluks, and Ottomans on the Eve of the Era of Industry.- An Epilogue.- Glossary.

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