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The Resource Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed, Jared Diamond

Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed, Jared Diamond

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Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Title
Collapse
Title remainder
how societies choose to fail or succeed
Statement of responsibility
Jared Diamond
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In his million-copy bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond examined how and why Western civilizations developed the technologies and immunities that allowed them to dominate much of the world. Now in this brilliant companion volume, Diamond probes the other side of the equation: What caused some of the great civilizations of the past to collapse into ruin, and what can we learn from their fates? As in Guns, Germs, and Steel, Diamond weaves an all-encompassing global thesis through a series of fascinating historical-cultural narratives. Moving from the Polynesian cultures on Easter Island to the flourishing American civilizations of the Anasazi and the Maya and finally to the doomed Viking colony on Greenland, Diamond traces the fundamental pattern of catastrophe. Environmental damage, climate change, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of these societies, but other societies found solutions and persisted. Similar problems face us today and have already brought disaster to Rwanda and Haiti, even as China and Australia are trying to cope in innovative ways. Despite our own society's apparently inexhaustible wealth and unrivaled political power, ominous warning signs have begun to emerge even in ecologically robust areas like Montana. Brilliant, illuminating, and immensely absorbing, Collapse is destined to take its place as one of the essential books of our time, raising the urgent question: How can our world best avoid committing ecological suicide?" -- book description
Cataloging source
DLC
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Diamond, Jared M
Dewey number
304.2/8
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Interest level
UG
LC call number
HN13
LC item number
.D5 2005
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Reading level
12.3
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
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  • Social history
  • Social change
  • Environmental policy
Label
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed, Jared Diamond
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Contents
Prologue : a tale of two farms -- pt. 1: Modern Montana. Under Montana's big sky -- pt. 2: Past societies. Twilight at Easter -- The last people alive : Pitcairn and Henderson Islands -- The ancient ones : the Anasazi and their neighbors -- The Maya collapses -- The Viking prelude and fugues -- Norse Greenland's flowering -- Norse Greenland's end -- Opposite paths to success -- pt. 3: Modern societies. Malthus in Africa : Rwanda's genocide -- One island, two peoples, two histories : the Dominican Republic and Haiti -- China, lurching giant -- "Mining" Australia -- pt. 4: Practical lessons. Why do some societies make disastrous decisions? -- Big businesses and the environment : different conditions, different outcomes -- The world as a polder : what does it all mean to us today?
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xi, 575 p.
Isbn
9780670033379
Lccn
2004057152
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
ocm56367771
Label
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed, Jared Diamond
Publication
Note
Includes index
Contents
Prologue : a tale of two farms -- pt. 1: Modern Montana. Under Montana's big sky -- pt. 2: Past societies. Twilight at Easter -- The last people alive : Pitcairn and Henderson Islands -- The ancient ones : the Anasazi and their neighbors -- The Maya collapses -- The Viking prelude and fugues -- Norse Greenland's flowering -- Norse Greenland's end -- Opposite paths to success -- pt. 3: Modern societies. Malthus in Africa : Rwanda's genocide -- One island, two peoples, two histories : the Dominican Republic and Haiti -- China, lurching giant -- "Mining" Australia -- pt. 4: Practical lessons. Why do some societies make disastrous decisions? -- Big businesses and the environment : different conditions, different outcomes -- The world as a polder : what does it all mean to us today?
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xi, 575 p.
Isbn
9780670033379
Lccn
2004057152
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
ocm56367771

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