Colapso / Collapse

Por Que Unas Sociedades Perduran Y Otras Desaparecen / How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (Historia / History)

Paperback, 746 pages

English language

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4 stars (24 reviews)

"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 …

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4 stars

This book is a must read for environmentalist minded folk, in that it provides clear reference to historical examples of environmentally triggered collapses of societies. We can utilize this information in not only strengthening the call of warning that is building momentum and movement towards sustainable business practices and governmental policy, but furthermore towards achieving a vision for the future.

Jared Diamond's text can be boring at times, once you've gotten the gist of his purpose, but I found it enriching as a whole, and exciting from time to time. He dabbles in providing solutions and in critiquing modern society at the conclusion of the book, but I think perhaps he is better suited at providing clarity on the past as to how it relates to the present, rather than in looking at means of addressing the future.

For further reading on how to address these critical issues, I suggest …

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Subjects

  • Sociology - General
  • World - General
  • Social Change
  • Social History
  • Social Science
  • Sociology