Climate Change Theory Support for Bronze Age Collapse
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Robert Drews is probably not a happy camper.
Anybody who trumpets X as the single factor for historical even Y is at best naive and at worst a liar.
Remember that the next time an asteroid hits the earth! :)
I tend to enjoy historical theories that explore a specific issue or deliberately narrow perspective, but I find that they are most enlightening when laid one on top another to build up a more complex overall picture.
Climate Change is constant
Social change is constant
The fact that the two happen simultaneously does not indicate causality. I'm certain some social change is the result of climate change but I'm equally certain that some is not. And I'm coming to believe that it will prove impossible to convincingly argue about it either way before we have multiple, numerous textual sources to support it.
My favorite is Mike Baille's discussion of a mid-6th century eruption and subsequent anomalous weather being picked up by multiple sources as a causal factor in the fall of the Roman Empire. Except the Roman Empire "fell" 60 years earlier and was in decline for another 7 years before that.
Unless we're talking about the Eastern Empire which, depending on how you look at it, "fell" either a century ot 9 centuries later.
This is not the only impact - another favorite of mine is the Avar/Mongol migrations (except the Huns migrated 2 centuries earlier) - but it's the one which is most spectacularly incorrect.
Let me add this to the OP link.