publication of three important books demonstrates that we are in the midst of
an exciting era in European Bronze Age studies. As the reader of these books
will quickly see, local and regional studies can now be more easily set within
their wider contexts, and conversely, questions with a wide geographical and/or
chronological character can now be more easily studied with an abundance of
detailed local data. HARRY FOKKENS and ANTHONY HARDING (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of the European Bronze Age. xxxi + 1,016 pages, 232 in-text illustrations, maps, and tables. 2013. Oxford: Oxford University Press.ERIC CLINE. 1177 B.C. The Year Civilization Collapsed. xx + 264 pages, 10 illustrations and 2 maps. 2014. Princeton: Princeton University Press.WILLIAM O'BRIEN. Prehistoric Copper Mining in Europe: 5500 - 500 B.C. xvii + 368 pages, 130 illustrations. 2014. Oxford: Oxford University Press.