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Riassunto: A book that completetly changes the established and conventional view of prehistory by relocating the Lost Eden - the world's 1st civilisation - to SouthEast Asia. At the end of the Ice Age, SouthEast Asia formed a continent twice the size of India, which included Indochina, Malaysia, Indonesia and Borneo. The South China Sea, the Gulf of Thailand and the Java sea, which were all dry, formed the connecting parts of the continent. Geologically, this half sunken continent is the Shunda shelf or Sundaland. In the Eden in the East Stephen Oppenheimer puts forward the astonishing argument that here in southeast Asia - rather than in Mesopotamia where it is usually placed - was the lost civilisation that fertilised the Great cultures of the Middle East 6 thousand years ago. He produces evidence from ethnography, archaeology, oceanography, from creation stories, myths and sag as and from linguistics and DNA analysis, to argue that this founder civilisation was destroyed by a catastrophic flood, caused by a rapid rise in the sea level at the end of the last ice age.
From Kirkus Reviews: In an exhaustively researched and creatively argued reassessment of mankind's origins, British physician Oppenheimer, an expert in tropical pediatrics, contends that the now-submerged area of Southeast Asia was the cradle of ancient civilization. From time to time, scholars from various disciplines have argued for the existence of a vastly old ``founder civilization.'' Among the most famous was Charles Hapgood, who based his theory of a lost seafaring civilization on his analysis of the famous 16th-century ``Piri Re'is'' maps of the Antarctic land mass. In this tradition, Oppenheimer blends evidence from geology, genetics, linguistics, archaeology, and anthropology to argue persuasively that such a civilization existed on a submerged land mass in Southeast Asia, which geologists call the Sunda shelf. Pointing to geological evidence for the submersion of the shelf by abrupt rises in the sea level about 8,000 years ago, Oppenheimer contends that the coastal cultures of Southeast Asia were drowned by a great flood, reflected in flood mythologies scattered from the ancient Middle East (such as the biblical story of Noah) to Australia and the Americas. According to the author, tantalizing archaeological evidence exists of settlements under a ``silt curtain'' left by the sea floods in drowned coastal regions from Southeast Asia to the Middle East, while linguistic markers indicate that languages spread from Southeast Asia to Australia and the Pacific. The shared flood story is one striking example of similar Eurasian myths according to the author; the ancient Middle East and Asia share other myth typologies, conspicuously including creation and Cain and Abel myths, which point to common origins in a progenitor culture. Absorbing, meticulously researched, limpidly written, and authoritative: should be regarded as a groundbreaking study of the remote past of Southeast Asia, and of civilization itself. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Descrizione libro W&N, 1998. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. A few small marks to page edges Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Codice libro della libreria mon0007537656
Descrizione libro Weidenfeld & Nicolson;, 1998. Hardcover. Dust Jacket Included. 8vo. Hardback. xv, 560pp. 33 b/w photographs and illustrations on plates. A comprehensive study of the history and development of Southeast Asia and Indonesia, from prehistoric times to the present. A New / Mint copy with no inscriptions, ina Fine unclipped dustwrapper. 0.0. Codice libro della libreria 28585
Descrizione libro Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1998. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Near Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Near Fine. 1st Edition. xiv + 560 pages,  pages of plates, text-illustrations, maps, index. Previous owner's name by the upper edge of the tinted front free endpaper. Navy boards in dust-jacket. The author challenges views that southeast Asian cultures are simply offshoots from the mainland civilizations of India and China and instead, in this work, identifies Southeast Asia at the centre of the roots of civilization. He finds that evidence from oceanography, archaeology, linguistics, genetics and folklore overwhelmingly suggests that the lost 'Eden' -- the cradle of civilization -- was not in the Middle East, as is usually supposed, but in the drowned continent of Southeast Asia. Book. Codice libro della libreria 039737
Descrizione libro Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1998. Hardcover. Condizione libro: As New. Condizione sovraccoperta: As New. 1st Edition. As New cloth with silver lettering on spine and As New DJ in protective mylar cover. Pencil price on upper corner of mock title page by former book dealer, but otherwise pristine. No tears, markings, or creases. Flawless. Illustrations. Endnotes. Index. 560 pages. Codice libro della libreria 000201
Descrizione libro George Weidenfeld & Nicholson, Ltd. Hardcover. Condizione libro: VERY GOOD. little to no wear, pages are clean. The cover and binding are crisp with next no creases. Codice libro della libreria 2783456527
Descrizione libro George Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Codice libro della libreria P020297818163
Descrizione libro London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1998. First Edition. Fine cloth copy in an equally fine dw, now mylar-sleeved. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered. Provenance: From the library of L. P. Coomer with personalized bookplate to front pastedown.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 560 pages; Physical description. : xiv, 560 p. ,  p. Of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm. Subject: Civilization, Ancient. Lost continents. Archaeology - Asia, Southeastern. Geology - Asia, Southeastern. Linguistics - Asia, Southeastern. Asia, Southeastern - Civilization. Southeast Asia - Civilization. Southeast Asia - History. Codice libro della libreria 212345
Descrizione libro George Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Like New. Almost new condition. Codice libro della libreria P010297818163
Descrizione libro London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson. First Edition. Fine cloth copy in an equally fine dw, now mylar-sleeved. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered. Provenance: From the library of L. P. Coomer with personalized bookplate to front pastedown.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 560 pages; Physical description. : xiv, 560 p. ,  p. Of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm. Subject: Civilization, Ancient. Lost continents. Archaeology - Asia, Southeastern. Geology - Asia, Southeastern. Linguistics - Asia, Southeastern. Asia, Southeastern - Civilization. Southeast Asia - Civilization. Southeast Asia - History. 560 pp. Codice libro della libreria 212345
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