Impact of Tectonic Activity on Ancient Civilizations: Recurrent Shakeups, Tenacity, Resilience, and Change (Hardback)
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Impact of Tectonic Activity on Ancient Civilizations: Recurrent Shakeups, Tenacity, Resilience, and Change (Hardback)

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Hardback 212 Pages / Published: 27/08/2015
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In many ways, the records of antiquity tell us that active tectonism helped to mold our cultural heritage. Impact of Tectonic Activity on Ancient Civilizations draws from various fields such as tectonics (geology), classics, history, archaeology, and anthropology to support this conclusion. Echoes of the ancient relation are still discernible in our modern world.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9781498514279
Number of pages: 212
Weight: 472 g
Dimensions: 236 x 162 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Force posits that they [quakes] may have rocked the cradles of past civilizations. . . .[The author] pursues [his thesis] tenaciously and with considerable skill. . . .Force's speculation remains an intriguing possibility. * Nature *
Eric Force presents an impressive portrayal.... A book that should be in every library that focuses on the archaeological and geological sciences.... The thoughts are interesting, and, at the end, one wants to hear more from the author. * Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies *
Deftly analyzing geological, archeological, and anthropological data, Eric Force presents an insightful, but somewhat provocative thesis: Ancient civilizations in tectonically active settings-despite suffering short-term setbacks from earthquake, volcanic, or other natural disasters-in the long term have flourished and influenced societal development, whereas most civilizations in tectonically quiescent regions have not. This book is a "must read" for anyone curious about why this should be the case. -- Robert I. Tilling, Volcano Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey
If you want to challenge your views of the ancient world and understand how brilliant and resilient our ancestors were then read this book. Too often we slip into the lazy assumption that tectonic pressures result in long term disasters, this book turns that view on its head; our ancestors responded to these pressures and turned them to their long term advantage. We need to relearn these lessons today. -- John Grattan, Aberystwyth University

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