Look Inside Reading Guide. Reading Guide. Nov 04, Minutes Buy. Dec 01, Minutes Buy. Environmental damage, climate change, globalization, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of societies around the world, but some found solutions and persisted. As in Guns, Germs, and Steel , Diamond traces the fundamental pattern of catastrophe, and weaves an all-encompassing global thesis through a series of fascinating historical-cultural narratives.

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Effondrement des civilisations: Collapse de Jared Diamond

The collapse of civilisations: Collapse may be our future; the only question is when. This is an extract from Jared Diamond's " Collapse ". The most serious environmental problems facing past and present societies fall into a dozen groups. Eight of the 12 were significant already present in the past, while four numbers 5, 7, 8, and energy, the photosynthetic ceiling, toxic chemicals, and atmospheric changes became serious only recently. The first four of the 12 consist of destruction or losses of natural resources; the next three involve ceilings on natural resources; the three after that consist of harmful things that we produce or move around; and the last two are population issues. Let's begin with the natural resources that we are destroying or losing: natural habitats, wild food sources, biological diversity, and soil.


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While the bulk of the book is concerned with the demise of these historical civilizations, Diamond also argues that humanity collectively faces, on a much larger scale, many of the same issues, with possibly catastrophic near-future consequences to many of the world's populations. In the prologue, Jared Diamond summarizes his methodology in one paragraph:. This book employs the comparative method to understand societal collapses to which environmental problems contribute. My previous book Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies , had applied the comparative method to the opposite problem: the differing rates of buildup of human societies on different continents over the last 13, years. In the present book focusing on collapses rather than buildups, I compare many past and present societies that differed with respect to environmental fragility, relations with neighbors, political institutions, and other "input" variables postulated to influence a society's stability.





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