Collapse

Filename: collapse.pdf
ISBN: 1101502002
Release Date: 2011-01-04
Number of pages: 608
Author: Jared Diamond
Publisher: Penguin

Download and read online Collapse in PDF and EPUB In Jared Diamond’s follow-up to the Pulitzer-Prize winning Guns, Germs and Steel, the author explores how climate change, the population explosion and political discord create the conditions for the collapse of civilization 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. Collapse moves from the Polynesian cultures on Easter Island to the flourishing American civilizations of the Anasazi and the Maya and finally to the doomed Viking colony on Greenland. Similar problems face us today and have already brought disaster to Rwanda and Haiti, even as China and Australia are trying to cope in innovative ways. Despite our own society’s apparently inexhaustible wealth and unrivaled political power, ominous warning signs have begun to emerge even in ecologically robust areas like Montana. Brilliant, illuminating, and immensely absorbing, Collapse is destined to take its place as one of the essential books of our time, raising the urgent question: How can our world best avoid committing ecological suicide? From the Trade Paperback edition.


Collapse

Filename: collapse.pdf
ISBN: 0143036556
Release Date: 2006-01
Number of pages: 575
Author: Jared M. Diamond
Publisher: Penguin

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Collapse

Filename: collapse.pdf
ISBN: 0140279512
Release Date: 2006-01
Number of pages: 575
Author: Jared M. Diamond
Publisher:

Download and read online Collapse in PDF and EPUB Talks about the mysterious collapse of past civilizations - and what this means for the future. Bringing together evidence from many sources and piecing together the myriad influences, from climate to culture, that make societies self-destruct, this book shows how unlike our ancestors we can benefit from our knowledge of the past.


Collapse

Filename: collapse.pdf
ISBN: 9781101157824
Release Date: 2005-12-27
Number of pages: 592
Author: Jared Diamond
Publisher: Penguin

Download and read online Collapse in PDF and EPUB This title has been removed from sale by Penguin Group, USA.


Collapse

Filename: collapse.pdf
ISBN: 1101502002
Release Date: 2011-01-04
Number of pages: 608
Author: Jared Diamond
Publisher: Penguin

Download and read online Collapse in PDF and EPUB In Jared Diamond’s follow-up to the Pulitzer-Prize winning Guns, Germs and Steel, the author explores how climate change, the population explosion and political discord create the conditions for the collapse of civilization 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. Collapse moves from the Polynesian cultures on Easter Island to the flourishing American civilizations of the Anasazi and the Maya and finally to the doomed Viking colony on Greenland. Similar problems face us today and have already brought disaster to Rwanda and Haiti, even as China and Australia are trying to cope in innovative ways. Despite our own society’s apparently inexhaustible wealth and unrivaled political power, ominous warning signs have begun to emerge even in ecologically robust areas like Montana. Brilliant, illuminating, and immensely absorbing, Collapse is destined to take its place as one of the essential books of our time, raising the urgent question: How can our world best avoid committing ecological suicide? From the Trade Paperback edition.


The World Until Yesterday

Filename: the-world-until-yesterday.pdf
ISBN: 9781846148156
Release Date: 2013-01-10
Number of pages: 512
Author: Jared Diamond
Publisher: Penguin UK

Download and read online The World Until Yesterday in PDF and EPUB From the author of No.1 international bestseller Collapse, a mesmerizing portrait of the human past that offers profound lessons for how we can live today Visionary, prize-winning author Jared Diamond changed the way we think about the rise and fall of human civilizations with his previous international bestsellers Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse. Now he returns with another epic - and groundbreaking - journey into our rapidly receding past. In The World Until Yesterday, Diamond reveals how traditional societies around the world offer an extraordinary window onto how our ancestors lived for the majority of human history - until virtually yesterday, in evolutionary terms - and provide unique, often overlooked insights into human nature. Drawing extensively on his decades working in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, Diamond explores how tribal societies approach essential human problems, from childrearing to conflict resolution to health, and discovers we have much to learn from traditional ways of life. He unearths remarkable findings - from the reason why modern afflictions like diabetes, obesity and Alzheimer's are virtually non-existent in tribal societies to the surprising benefits of multilingualism. Panoramic in scope and thrillingly original, The World Until Yesterday provides an enthralling first-hand picture of the human past that also suggests profound lessons for how to live well today. Jared Diamond is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the seminal million-copy-bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, which was named one of TIME's best non-fiction books of all time, and Collapse, a #1 international bestseller. A professor of geography at UCLA and noted polymath, Diamond's work has been influential in the fields of anthropology, biology, ornithology, ecology and history, among others.


Guns Germs and Steel

Filename: guns-germs-and-steel.pdf
ISBN: 0393317552
Release Date: 1999
Number of pages: 480
Author: Jared M. Diamond
Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated

Download and read online Guns Germs and Steel in PDF and EPUB Dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors he feels are responsible for history's broadest patterns


The Collapse of Complex Societies

Filename: the-collapse-of-complex-societies.pdf
ISBN: 052138673X
Release Date: 1990-03-29
Number of pages: 250
Author: Joseph Tainter
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Download and read online The Collapse of Complex Societies in PDF and EPUB 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.


Planet of Slums

Filename: planet-of-slums.pdf
ISBN: 1844670228
Release Date: 2006
Number of pages: 228
Author: Mike Davis
Publisher: Verso

Download and read online Planet of Slums in PDF and EPUB An exploration of modern-world urbanization cites a concerning rise in slum life that currently accounts for nearly one-fifth of the world's population, arguing that urban populations are disconnected and exempt from the formal world economy and may represent an explosive convergence of ethnic, religious, and political unrest.


The Third Chimpanzee

Filename: the-third-chimpanzee.pdf
ISBN: 9781780746050
Release Date: 2014-04-09
Number of pages: 384
Author: Jared Diamond
Publisher: Oneworld Publications

Download and read online The Third Chimpanzee in PDF and EPUB The Third Chimpanzee was first published in 1991 and has been in print ever since. This new, illustrated edition is aimed at a young readership. In it, Jared Diamond explores what makes us human and poses fascinating questions including: If we share more than 98% of our DNA with chimpanzees, how is it that we can write, read, talk, build telescopes and bombs, while we put our speechless and bomb-less close relatives in cages and zoos? What can woodpeckers teach us about spacecraft? Is genocide a human invention? Why does extinction matter? Why are we destroying the natural resources on which we depend for survival? What hope is there for future generations? The Third Chimpanzee for Young Readers is not only a mind-boggling survey of how we came to be who we are, but a plea to the next generation to "make better decisions than their parents and get us out of the mess we're in."


Why Is Sex Fun

Filename: why-is-sex-fun.pdf
ISBN: 9781780227658
Release Date: 2014-03-20
Number of pages: 272
Author: Jared Diamond
Publisher: Hachette UK

Download and read online Why Is Sex Fun in PDF and EPUB A fascinating insight into how human sexuality came to be the way it is now - Jared Diamond explains why we are different from the animal kingdom. Why are humans one of the few species to have sex in private? Why do humans have sex any day of the month or year, including when the female is pregnant, beyond her reproductive years, or between her fertile cycles? Why are human females one of the few mammals to go through menopause? Human sexuality seems normal to us but it is bizarre by the standards of other animals. Jared Diamond argues that our strange sex lives were as crucial to our rise to human status as were our large brains. He also describes the battle of the sexes in the human and animal world over parental care, and why sex differences in the genetic value of parental care provide a biological basis for the all-too-familiar different attitudes of men and women towards extramarital sex.


Natural Experiments of History

Filename: natural-experiments-of-history.pdf
ISBN: 9780674076723
Release Date: 2012-11-01
Number of pages: 286
Author: Jared Diamond
Publisher: Harvard University Press

Download and read online Natural Experiments of History in PDF and EPUB In eight case studies by leading scholars in history, archaeology, business, economics, geography, and political science, the authors showcase the “natural experiment” or “comparative method”—well-known in any science concerned with the past—on the discipline of human history. That means, according to the editors, “comparing, preferably quantitatively and aided by statistical analyses, different systems that are similar in many respects, but that differ with respect to the factors whose influence one wishes to study.” The case studies in the book support two overall conclusions about the study of human history: First, historical comparisons have the potential for yielding insights that cannot be extracted from a single case study alone. Second, insofar as is possible, when one proposes a conclusion, one may be able to strengthen one’s conclusion by gathering quantitative evidence (or at least ranking one’s outcomes from big to small), and then by testing the conclusion’s validity statistically.


The Archaeology of Environmental Change

Filename: the-archaeology-of-environmental-change.pdf
ISBN: 0816526761
Release Date: 2009
Number of pages: 328
Author: Christopher T. Fisher
Publisher: University of Arizona Press

Download and read online The Archaeology of Environmental Change in PDF and EPUB Water management, soil conservation, sustainable animal husbandry . . . because such socio-environmental challenges have been faced throughout history, lessons from the past can often inform modern policy. In this book, case studies from a wide range of times and places reveal how archaeology can contribute to a better understanding of humans' relation to the environment. The Archaeology of Environmental Change shows that the challenges facing humanity today, in terms of causing and reacting to environmental change, can be better approached through an attempt to understand how societies in the past dealt with similar circumstances. The contributors draw on archaeological research in multiple regionsÑNorth America, Mesoamerica, Europe, the Near East, and AfricaÑfrom time periods spanning the Holocene, and from environments ranging from tropical forest to desert. Ê Through such examples as environmental degradation in Transjordan, wildlife management in East Africa, and soil conservation among the ancient Maya, they demonstrate the negative effects humans have had on their environments and how societies in the past dealt with these same problems. All call into question and ultimately refute popular notions of a simple cause-and-effect relationship between people and their environment, and reject the notion of people as either hapless victims of unstoppable forces or inevitable destroyers of natural harmony. Ê These contributions show that by examining long-term trajectories of socio-natural relationships we can better define concepts such as sustainability, land degradation, and conservationÑand that gaining a more accurate and complete understanding of these connections is essential for evaluating current theories and models of environmental degradation and conservation. Their insights demonstrate that to understand the present environment and to manage landscapes for the future, we must consider the historical record of the total sweep of anthropogenic environmental change. Ê


Imperial Ends

Filename: imperial-ends.pdf
ISBN: 0231506708
Release Date: 2001-10-06
Number of pages: 128
Author: Alexander J. Motyl
Publisher: Columbia University Press

Download and read online Imperial Ends in PDF and EPUB -- Foreign Affairs


Questioning Collapse

Filename: questioning-collapse.pdf
ISBN: 9780521515726
Release Date: 2010
Number of pages: 374
Author: Patricia A. McAnany
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Download and read online Questioning Collapse in PDF and EPUB Questioning Collapse challenges those scholars and popular writers who advance the thesis that societies - past and present - collapse because of behavior that destroyed their environments or because of overpopulation. In a series of highly accessible and closely argued essays, a team of internationally recognized scholars bring history and context to bear in their radically different analyses of iconic events, such as the deforestation of Easter Island, the cessation of the Norse colony in Greenland, the faltering of nineteenth-century China, the migration of ancestral peoples away from Chaco Canyon in the American southwest, the crisis and resilience of Lowland Maya kingship, and other societies that purportedly "collapsed." Collectively, these essays demonstrate that resilience in the face of societal crises, rather than collapse, is the leitmotif of the human story from the earliest civilizations to the present. Scrutinizing the notion that Euro-American colonial triumphs were an accident of geography, Questioning Collapse also critically examines the complex historical relationship between race and political labels of societal "success" and "failure."