> Ask medieval historian Michael McCormick what year was the worst to be alive, and he's got an answer:
This seems likely to be biased by asking a "medieval historian". Are we surprised that his answer came from the period he studies?
1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed
Which looks at the cosmopolitan trading civilizations of the Eastern Mediterranean during the 1400-1177 bc era, and how it collapsed.
Bad ass, thanks for this! In a different vein, I highly, highly recommend this: https://toptalkedbooks.com/amzn/0691168385
Isn't the more accepted consensus now that "the Sea people" weren't a unified group at all? And that they weren't even the main problem but one of a series of sequentially compounding problems resulting in a large amount of displaced peoples that themselves had a massive knock-on effect on the region resulting in the loss of centralised governance, crop provisioning, sufficient grain storage and even the written word. (Famine, War, Earthquakes, Plague and Flooding are all ment to have contributed to this)
Coupled with the disruption of the rather fragile international trade with the Hittites who were the only source of tin in the Mediterranean region, which was vitally needed to alloy with the more abundant copper for bronze. This resulted in a massive regression of civilised progress for several centuries in this part of the world.
I only have a limited understanding but enjoyed watching this Extra History series .
Definately a very intresting period of history!