A Cultural Encyclopedia of Lost Cities and Civilizations

Michael Shally-Jensenauthor
Anthony Vivianauthor
A Cultural Encyclopedia of Lost Cities and Civilizations



Pages 360
Topics Agriculture;War;Urban Decline;Seafaring;Myth;Migration;Colonization;Climate Change;Civilizations;Civil Strife;Cities;Archaeology;Geography and World Cultures: Culture;World History: Culture

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A Cultural Encyclopedia of Lost Cities and Civilizations

Author(s): Shally-Jensen, Michael; Vivian, Anthony;
Contributors: Shally-Jensen, Michael; Vivian, Anthony;

This volume explores the span of human history—and plenty of prehistory—searching out prominent and fascinating examples of cities or broader civilizations that shifted from a position of influence to a lack thereof.

The accelerating threat of climate change challenges us to analyze our own communities' relationships with the wider world and to contemplate their very existence. This single-volume cultural encyclopedia examines lost cities and civilizations from every region of the globe and dated throughout human history. Arranged alphabetically, the compilation allows both students and general readers easy access to detailed entries on specific lost cities and civilizations.

Throughout the geographically and chronologically diverse entries, such themes as colonization, migration, and especially climate change are developed and analyzed. Supplementing the main entries are sidebars detailing mythological cities and Investigative Boxes examining present-day cities on the brink of extinction. These round out the book's focus on disappearing cultural centers and reveal the robust relevance this material has to a world facing the crisis of climate change.

  • Includes 25 sidebars outlining the significance of mythical cities created by the human imagination</li>

  • Supplies 86 in-depth yet accessible entries on lost civilizations that can be read on their own or systematically</li>

  • Explores such themes as colonization and migration</li>

  • Investigates the present-day crisis of climate change through the historical perspective of extinct communities</li>


SortTitle: a cultural encyclopedia of lost cities and civilizations
Keyword(s): Agriculture; War; Urban Decline; Seafaring; Myth; Migration; Colonization; Climate Change; Civilizations; Civil Strife; Cities; Archaeology; Geography and World Cultures: Culture; World History: Culture
Author Info:
Michael Shally-Jensenauthor
Anthony Vivianauthor
eISBN-13: 9781440873119
Cover Image URL: ~~FreeAttachments/9781440873119.jpg
Print ISBN-13: 9781440873102
Imprint: ABC-CLIO
Pages: 360
Publication Date: 20221130