Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive
'Collapse' asks what has caused some of the great civilizations of the past to fall into ruin, and what we can learn from their fates? From the Polynesian cultures on Easter Island to the flourishing American civilizations of the Anasazi and the Maya and the doomed Viking colony on Greenland, this book 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. Even despite the USA's apparently inexhaustible wealth and unrivaled political power, ominous warning signs have begun to emerge even in ecologically robust areas like Montana. Ultimately 'Collapse' raises the urgent question: How can our world best avoid committing ecological suicide?
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