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Climate change : environment and civilization in the Middle East /
Arie S. Issar, Mattanyah Zohar.
Berlin ; New York : Springer, c2004.
xxii, 252 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
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Berlin ; New York : Springer, c2004.
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-02-01:
The attention devoted to the phenomenon of global warning in recent years might lead some to believe that the issue of the effect of climate change on world events is a modern one. Issar (Ben Gurion Univ. of the Negev, Israel) and Zohar (from Israel) argue that alternation between warm, dry periods and cool, humid periods has been affecting events in the Middle East since prehistoric times. They compare historical climatic data from sources such as sediments from Lake Van in Turkey and stalagmites and stalactites from the Soreq Cave in Israel with archaeological data and historical records to draw their conclusions. This is an interesting use of scientific data to help interpret historical events, for example, the rise and decline of cities such as ancient Ur or Babylon. Issar, a hydrogeologist, and Zohar, an archaeologist, have done thorough reviews of the literature and make a convincing case, although the book could have benefited from more careful proofreading. A bibliography to complement the extensive footnotes would have been welcome. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals. A. C. Prendergast University of South Alabama
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Table of Contents
The pendulum of paradigmsp. 1
Constructing the jigsaw puzzle of palaeo-climatesp. 13
The Near East : a bridge from the Garden of Eden to the fields of toilp. 41
The great transition - from farming villages to urban centersp. 63
The urban revolution and the dawn of historyp. 99
Dark age, renaissance, and decayp. 131
Migrations and settlingsp. 159
The age of iron and empiresp. 189
Crusaders, Mamluks, and Ottomans on the eve of the era of industryp. 217
An epiloguep. 231
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