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2018-02-08 Economy
Economic collapse: The real message of the fall of Troy
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Posted by Besoeker 2018-02-08 01:25|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [361 views ]  Top

#1 I read the article and couldn't help read between the line what the author doesn't state.

All of the 'failed' economies (hitties, Babylonians, even Egypt eventually) only the Greeks survived. The only culture that was attempting alternatives to dictatorship in most of the city-states.

Centrally planned economies have always led to failure and even trade is not enough to sustain them. Of course the BBC wouldn't/couldn't say that.
Posted by rjschwarz 2018-02-08 09:46||   2018-02-08 09:46|| Front Page Top

#2 There was also an abrupt 'Global Cooling' in the region from the Minoan Warm Period (look at Fig.1). The Minoans who depended on long distance trade for prosperity went into decline first (Thera was the garnish on their apocalypse sandwich). Cool and dry hurts agriculture...
Posted by magpie 2018-02-08 12:10||   2018-02-08 12:10|| Front Page Top

#3 The Greeks too...

"Mycenaean Greece perished with the collapse of Bronze Age culture in the eastern Mediterranean, to be followed by the so-called Greek Dark Ages, a recordless transitional period leading to Archaic Greece where significant shifts occurred from palace-centralized to de-centralized forms of socio-economic organization"
Posted by james  2018-02-08 18:16||  2018-02-08 18:16|| Front Page Top

#4 Consider the Dark Ages in Western Europe as a further example. A central authority needs a steady income stream to enforce its will on its subjects. No money, no influence, then no central authority. One advantage the Eastern Roman Empire had in its stranglehold on the East-West (Silk Road) and the Black Sea-Mediterranean (Grain and Troy's old revenue stream) was enough 'cash flow' to avoid devolving into a squabbling collection of petty states.
With modern civilization it is the flow of cheap energy that keeps us out of barbarism.
Posted by magpie 2018-02-08 19:51||   2018-02-08 19:51|| Front Page Top

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