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Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed / Jared Diamond.

Diamond, Jared M. (Author).

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  • 11 of 12 copies available at Sage Library System.

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Summary:

What caused some of the great civilizations of the past to collapse into ruin, and what can we learn from their fates? Diamond weaves an all-encompassing global thesis through a series of historical-cultural narratives. Moving from the prehistoric Polynesian culture of 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 pattern of catastrophe, spelling out what happens when we squander our resources, when we ignore the signals our environment gives us.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Baker County Library 304.28 .D537c (Text) 37814002132810 NON-FICTION Book None 01/25/2006 Available -
Blue Mountain Community College Library 304.2 D54c (Text) 33122002485665 Main Collection Book None 02/08/2005 Available -
Columbia Gorge Community College Library 304.28 DIAMc 2005 (Text) 33892002386895 Main Collection Book None 09/02/2010 Available -
Harney County Library 304.28 DIAMOND (Text) 37720000316711 Adult Non-Fiction Book None 04/15/2005 Available -
Hermiston High School Library 304.2 DIA (Text) hhs33122003356386 Main Collection Book None 02/20/2018 Available -
Hermiston Public Library 304.28 DIA (Text) 37838000087288 Adult Non-Fiction Book None 07/07/2005 Available -
Hood River County Library 304.2 D (Text) 33892100229476 Adult Non-Fiction Book None 01/31/2005 Checked out 10/27/2021
Lake County Main Library - Lakeview 304.28 DIAMOND (Text) 37620000466997 Adult Non-Fiction Book None 01/31/2005 Available -
Nyssa Public Library 304.28 DIA (Text) 36660000326107 Adult Non-Fiction Book None 01/22/2005 Available -
Pendleton Public Library 304.28 D541 (Text) 37801000033298 Adult Non-Fiction Book None 02/11/2005 Available -
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Record details

  • ISBN: 0670033375
  • Physical Description: xi, 575 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : Viking, 2005.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. [529]-560) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue : a tale of two farms -- pt. 1: Modern Montana. Under Montana's big sky -- pt. 2: Past societies. Twilight at Easter -- The last people alive : Pitcairn and Henderson Islands -- The ancient ones : the Anasazi and their neighbors -- The Maya collapses -- The Viking prelude and fugues -- Norse Greenland's flowering -- Norse Greenland's end -- Opposite paths to success -- pt. 3: Modern societies. Malthus in Africa : Rwanda's genocide -- One island, two peoples, two histories : the Dominican Republic and Haiti -- China, lurching giant -- "Mining" Australia -- pt. 4: Practical lessons. Why do some societies make disastrous decisions? -- Big businesses and the environment : different conditions, different outcomes -- The world as a polder : what does it all mean to us today?
Summary, etc.:
What caused some of the great civilizations of the past to collapse into ruin, and what can we learn from their fates? Diamond weaves an all-encompassing global thesis through a series of historical-cultural narratives. Moving from the prehistoric Polynesian culture of 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 pattern of catastrophe, spelling out what happens when we squander our resources, when we ignore the signals our environment gives us.
Subject: Social history > Case studies.
Social change > Case studies
Disasters > Case studies.
Environmental policy > Case studies

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