The Collapse of the Eastern Mediterranean Climate Change and the Decline of the East, 950–1072

The Collapse of the Eastern Mediterranean Climate Change and the Decline of the East, 950–1072

By: Ronnie Ellenblum (author)eBook

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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 civilizations and cultural centres of the time. This provocative study argues that many well-documented but apparently disparate events - such as recurrent drought and famine in Egypt, mass migrations in the steppes of central Asia, and the decline in population in urban centres such as Baghdad and Constantinople - are connected and should be understood within the broad context of climate change. Drawing on a wealth of textual and archaeological evidence, Ronnie Ellenblum explores the impact of climatic and ecological change across the eastern Mediterranean in this period, to offer a new perspective on why this was a turning point in the history of the Islamic world.

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  • publication date: 31/10/2013
  • ID: 9781139564618
  • book language: en
  • publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • publisher imprint: Cambridge University Press

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