Why Societies Collapse? – Jared Diamond (2003)

Jared Diamond examines how societies collapse in a five-point framework: [1] Impact on environment, [2] Climate change, [3] Relations with friendly neighbors, [4] Relations with unfriendly neighbors, [5] Perception and resolution of environmental problems.

Diamond is the author of  a Pulitzer prize winner book Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, published in 1997. He seeks to explain Eurasian hegemony throughout history. Using evidence from ecologyarchaeologygeneticslinguistics, and distinct historical case studies, he argues that the differences in social structure and technology among human societies do not reflect cultural or racial differences, but rather originate from environment augmented by various positive feedback loops.

 

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