Cosmos and civilization collapse through climate change

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So, this note might be met with skepticism, but I had no idea when I composed my Bronze Age collapse entry this weekend that Cosmos would discuss how climate change had affected various civilizations throughout history, notably the Akkadian empire in Mesopotamia.  Some of the interactions I had with people after that post makes a bit more sense now that I’ve watched the latest Cosmos episode.

It’s interesting that the middle east suffered a drought in the 2200 BC time frame, 1000 years before the later collapse, which at that earlier time apparently led to the collapse of the Akkadian Empire and the Egyptian Old Kingdom.  It goes to show just how precarious life must have been in the earliest civilizations, how vulnerable it was to the climate conditions.

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