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Author Diamond, Jared M
Title Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed / Jared Diamond
Publisher Info New York : Viking, ©2005
Subject Social history -- Case studies
Social change -- Case studies
Environmental policy -- Case studies
 Norlin Library--Stacks  HN13 .D5 2005  Nearby Call Numbers  AVAILABLE
Table of Contents
 Prologue : a tale of two farms1
Pt. 1Modern Montana25
Ch. 1Under Montana's big sky27
Pt. 2Past societies77
Ch. 2Twilight at Easter79
Ch. 3last people alive : Pitcairn and Henderson Islands120
Ch. 4ancient ones : the Anasazi and their neighbors136
Ch. 5Maya collapses157
Ch. 6Viking prelude and fugues178
Ch. 7Norse Greenland's flowering211
Ch. 8Norse Greenland's end248
Ch. 9Opposite paths to success277
Pt. 3Modern societies309
Ch. 10Malthus in Africa : Rwanda's genocide311
Ch. 11One Island, two peoples, two histories : the Dominican Republic and Haiti329
Ch. 12China, lurching giant358
Ch. 13"Mining" Australia378
Pt. 4Practical lessons417
Ch. 14Why do some societies make disastrous decisions?419
Ch. 15Big businesses and the environment : different conditions, different outcomes441
Ch. 16world as a polder : what does it all mean to us today?486
Description xi, 575 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Format text; volume
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [529]-560) and index
Note "In his Pulitzer Prize-winning 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, 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 historical-cultural narratives. Moving from the prehistoric Polynesian culture on Easter Island to the formerly flourishing Native American civilizations of the Anasazi and the Maya, the doomed medieval Viking colony on Greenland, and finally to the modern world, Diamond traces a fundamental pattern of catastrophe, spelling out what happens when we squander our resources, when we ignore the signals our environment gives us, and when we reproduce too fast or cut down too many trees. Environmental damage, climate change, rapid population growth, unstable trade partners, and pressure from enemies were all factors in the demise of the doomed societies, but other societies found solutions to those same problems and persisted."--BOOK JACKET
ISBN 0670033375
OCLC or Other Control Number 56367771
Call Number HN13 .D5 2005
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