This book has as its theme the development of the Bronze Age in Europe outside the Aegean area. In geographical terms, the territories surveyed range from the Atlantic islands and maritime coastlands to the Carpathians and the Black Sea, and from the great river valleys and plains of the north to the coasts of the Mediterranean. Within this great variety of environments we have attempted to describe some of the important developments in European prehistory from c.2000 to c.700 BC.