Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed / Edition 1

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed / Edition 1

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by Jared Diamond
     
 

Diamond (geography, UCLA) casts a wide net in the realms of history, geography, and science to address questions essential to humanity's continued survival. Forty-two b&w plates, grouped together, illustrate the scope and some of the examples of his narrative: the deforested landscapes of Easter Island, Chaco Canyon, and Haiti; the forests of Japan—preserved… See more details below

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Diamond (geography, UCLA) casts a wide net in the realms of history, geography, and science to address questions essential to humanity's continued survival. Forty-two b&w plates, grouped together, illustrate the scope and some of the examples of his narrative: the deforested landscapes of Easter Island, Chaco Canyon, and Haiti; the forests of Japan—preserved because of top-down management initiated four centuries ago; victims of the 1994 genocidal killings in Rwanda; air and water pollution in China; destruction of environment by sheep and rabbits in Australia; President John F. Kennedy and advisors deliberating during the Cuban Missile Crisis (evidence of group decision-making informed by past mistakes); oil and chemical disasters in the North Sea and in Bhopal; and a gated community, urban sprawl, and smog in Los Angeles. Concluding pages are devoted to reasons for hope. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143036555
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
12/27/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
592
Product dimensions:
8.44(w) x 5.38(h) x 1.07(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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. 3The last people alive : Pitcairn and Henderson Islands120
Ch. 4The ancient ones : the Anasazi and their neighbors136
Ch. 5The Maya collapses157
Ch. 6The Viking 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. 16The world as a polder : what does it all mean to us today?486

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