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The collapse of the eastern Mediterranean : climate change and the decline of the East, 950-1072

Author: Roni Ellenblum
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
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"As a 'Medieval Warm Period' prevailed in Western Europe during the tenth and eleventh centuries, the eastern Mediterranean region, from the Nile to the Oxus, was suffering from a series of climatic disasters which led to the decline of some of the most important civilisations and cultural centres of the time. This provocative study argues that many well-documented but apparently disparate events - such as recurrent  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Roni Ellenblum
ISBN: 9781107023352 1107023351
OCLC Number: 779097157
Description: xii, 270 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I. The Collapse of the Eastern Mediterranean: 1. Presenting the events; 2. Deconstructing a 'collapse'; 3. 950-1027 --
An impending disaster; Part II. Regional Domino Effects in the Eastern Mediterranean, 1027-60 AD: 4. The collapse of Iran; 5. The fall of Baghdad; 6. A crumbling empire: the Pechenegs and the decimation of Byzantium; 7. Egypt and its provinces, 1050s-1070s; Part III. Cities and Minorities: 8. Jerusalem and the decline of classical cities; 9. Water supply, declining cities and deserted villages; 10. Food crises and accelerated Islamization; 11. Reflections.
Responsibility: Ronnie Ellenblum, the Hebrew University of Jeruslaem.
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