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The Collapse of Complex Societies / Edition 1
     

The Collapse of Complex Societies / Edition 1

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by Joseph Tainter
 

ISBN-10: 052138673X

ISBN-13: 9780521386739

Pub. Date: 03/28/1990

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Political disintegration is a persistent feature of world history. The Collapse of Complex Societies, though written by an archaeologist, will therefore strike a chord throughout the social sciences. Any explanation of societal collapse carries lessons not just for the study of ancient societies, but for the members of all such societies in both the present and

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Political disintegration is a persistent feature of world history. The Collapse of Complex Societies, though written by an archaeologist, will therefore strike a chord throughout the social sciences. Any explanation of societal collapse carries lessons not just for the study of ancient societies, but for the members of all such societies in both the present and future. Dr. Tainter describes nearly two dozen cases of collapse and reviews more than 2000 years of explanations. He then develops a new and far-reaching theory that accounts for collapse among diverse kinds of societies, evaluating his model and clarifying the processes of disintegration by detailed studies of the Roman, Mayan and Chacoan collapses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521386739
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1990
Series:
New Studies in Archaeology Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
260
Sales rank:
445,575
Product dimensions:
6.88(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.52(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction to collapse; 2. The nature of complex societies; 3. The study of collapse; 4. Understanding collapse: the marginal productivity of sociopolitical change; 5. Evaluation: complexity and marginal returns in collapsing societies; 6. Summary and implications; References; Index.

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