This was the second published volume of Velikovsky's reconstruction of ancient Egyptian history, and it is thoroughly documented and footnoted, and beautifully written.
By far, the most compelling link concerns the Battle of Kadesh, the first of several legendary conflicts on which the history of the known world changed. Other such battles included Hastings, Waterloo, San Jacinto, Gettysburg and Stalingrad. Velikovsky demonstrates quite convincingly that the Battle of Kadesh between Ramses II and the "wretched chief of Khatti," Hattusilis, and the Battle of Carchemish 600 years later between Pharaoh Necho II and Nebuchadnezzar, were one and the same, and the real battle - in the seventh century - pitted Ramses II, the Pharaoh of Egypt, against Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, and Nebuchadnezzar won.
To accept this, one must accept the fact that Egyptian dating is off by six centuries, easier to accept if you read the appendix in Peoples of the Sea and see how the conventional Egyptian dating scheme was artificially constructed in the first place.
Those who arrogantly dismiss these works as untrue and inaccurate are simply not willing to consider alternative viewpoints. That's their problem. But we will never arrive at a clearer understanding of our historical past until we do, and Velikovsky did just that.
In Ages in Chaos Volume II: Ramses II and his time, Immanuel Velikovsky continues his amazing reconstruction of the history of the ancient world, demonstrating in this second volume that Ramses II was contempary with Nebuchadnezzar rather than being separated in time by 700 years and indeed in the Introduction Velikovsky suggests the book could well have been called Ramses II & Nebuchadnezzar.
Velikovsky further demonstrates that the 19th Egyptian dynasty was in reality the same as the 26th, and allows the removal of Ramses, Seti the Great and Merneptah from the 13th and 14 centuries B.C. where orthodox history places them to their correct places in the 6th and 7th centuries B.C., and also that the Hittite Empire, dubbed the Forgotten Empire because it was supposedly discovered only just over a century ago, was in reality the Neo-Chaldean empire of Nebuchadnezzar's time. The names of the Hittite emperors therefore were nothing more than alter egos of the kings of the Chaldean Dynasty of Babylon.
The Pitfalls of Radiocarbon Dating, a fascinating expose of the deficiencies of one of the most popular, and most misused, dating techniques is presented as a Supplement.
This is fascinating reading and an amazing historical journey which, like Velikovsky's other works, makes sense out of much of the fragmentary ancient history that remains to us. The point is not even whether Velikovsky was right or wrong but whether his work makes better or worse sense of what we already know; that his theory answers such a vast number of previously unanswered and apparently unanswerable questions automatically promotes it above orthodox theories simply because it unabashedly and with absolute confidence answers those questions, and in such a way that it seems difficult to believe that so many threads which were previously considered unconnected could suddenly and coincidentally fit together so perfectly and so consistently unless they really do belong in the places Velikovsky put them.
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While I cannot say that one needs to believe everything that Immanuel Velikovsky wrote, his writings are mind expanding and vital reading. His Ages in Chaos series is not to be missed. It surprises me that few today seem to know him.