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Collapse Book
Author : Jared Diamond
Publisher : Penguin UK
Release : 2013-03-21
ISBN : 0141976969
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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From the author of Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond's Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive is a visionary study of the mysterious downfall of past civilizations. Now in a revised edition with a new afterword, Jared Diamond's Collapse uncovers the secret behind why some societies flourish, while others founder - and what this means for our future. What happened to the people who made the forlorn long-abandoned statues of Easter Island? What happened to the architects of the crumbling Maya pyramids? Will we go the same way, our skyscrapers one day standing derelict and overgrown like the temples at Angkor Wat? Bringing together new evidence from a startling range of sources and piecing together the myriad influences, from climate to culture, that make societies self-destruct, Jared Diamond's Collapse also shows how - unlike our ancestors - we can benefit from our knowledge of the past and learn to be survivors. 'A grand sweep from a master storyteller of the human race' - Daily Mail 'Riveting, superb, terrifying' - Observer 'Gripping ... the book fulfils its huge ambition, and Diamond is the only man who could have written it' - Economis 'This book shines like all Diamond's work' - Sunday Times

The Coming Collapse of China

The Coming Collapse of China Book
Author : Gordon G. Chang
Publisher : Random House
Release : 2001-09-15
ISBN : 1588360210
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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China is hot. The world sees a glorious future for this sleeping giant, three times larger than the United States, predicting it will blossom into the world's biggest economy by 2010. According to Chang, however, a Chinese-American lawyer and China specialist, the People's Republic is a paper dragon. Peer beneath the veneer of modernization since Mao's death, and the symptoms of decay are everywhere: Deflation grips the economy, state-owned enterprises are failing, banks are hopelessly insolvent, foreign investment continues to decline, and Communist party corruption eats away at the fabric of society. Beijing's cautious reforms have left the country stuck midway between communism and capitalism, Chang writes. With its impending World Trade Organization membership, for the first time China will be forced to open itself to foreign competition, which will shake the country to its foundations. Economic failure will be followed by government collapse. Covering subjects from party politics to the Falun Gong to the government's insupportable position on Taiwan, Chang presents a thorough and very chilling overview of China's present and not-so-distant future.

Triggering Communism s Collapse

Triggering Communism s Collapse Book
Author : Marjorie Castle
Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Release : 2003
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Through research and interviews Castle examines the causes and consequences of Poland's collapse as a communist state and explores how today's leaders confront some of the legacies of transition.

The Collapse of the Moravian Mission of Saints Cyril and Methodius the Fate of the Disciples and the Christianization of the Southern Slavs

The Collapse of the Moravian Mission of Saints Cyril and Methodius  the Fate of the Disciples  and the Christianization of the Southern Slavs Book
Author : Stephen Neil Scott
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1989
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Download The Collapse of the Moravian Mission of Saints Cyril and Methodius the Fate of the Disciples and the Christianization of the Southern Slavs book written by Stephen Neil Scott, available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle, or read full book online anywhere and anytime. Compatible with any devices.

After Collapse

After Collapse Book
Author : Glenn M. Schwartz,John J. Nichols
Publisher : University of Arizona Press
Release : 2010-08-15
ISBN : 9780816529360
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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From the Euphrates Valley to the southern Peruvian Andes, early complex societies have risen and fallen, but in some cases they have also been reborn. Prior archaeological investigation of these societies has focused primarily on emergence and collapse. This is the first book-length work to examine the question of how and why early complex urban societies have reappeared after periods of decentralization and collapse. Ranging widely across the Near East, the Aegean, East Asia, Mesoamerica, and the Andes, these cross-cultural studies expand our understanding of social evolution by examining how societies were transformed during the period of radical change now termed Òcollapse.Ó They seek to discover how societal complexity reemerged, how second-generation states formed, and how these re-emergent states resembled or differed from the complex societies that preceded them. The contributors draw on material culture as well as textual and ethnohistoric data to consider such factors as preexistent institutions, structures, and ideologies that are influential in regeneration; economic and political resilience; the role of social mobility, marginal groups, and peripheries; and ethnic change. In addition to presenting a number of theoretical viewpoints, the contributors also propose reasons why regeneration sometimes does not occur after collapse. A concluding contribution by Norman Yoffee provides a critical exegesis of ÒcollapseÓ and highlights important patterns found in the case histories related to peripheral regions and secondary elites, and to the ideology of statecraft. After Collapse blazes new research trails in both archaeology and the study of social change, demonstrating that the archaeological record often offers more clues to the Òdark agesÓ that precede regeneration than do text-based studies. It opens up a new window on the past by shifting the focus away from the rise and fall of ancient civilizations to their often more telling fall and rise. CONTRIBUTORS Bennet Bronson, Arlen F. Chase, Diane Z. Chase, Christina A. Conlee, Lisa Cooper, Timothy S. Hare, Alan L. Kolata, Marilyn A. Masson, Gordon F. McEwan, Ellen Morris, Ian Morris, Carlos Peraza Lope, Kenny Sims, Miriam T. Stark, Jill A. Weber, Norman Yoffee

Collapse

Collapse Book
Author : Vladislav M. Zubok
Publisher : Yale University Press
Release : 2021-11-30
ISBN : 0300262442
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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A major study of the collapse of the Soviet Union—showing how Gorbachev’s misguided reforms led to its demise In 1945 the Soviet Union controlled half of Europe and was a founding member of the United Nations. By 1991, it had an army four-million strong, five-thousand nuclear-tipped missiles, and was the second biggest producer of oil in the world. But soon afterward the union sank into an economic crisis and was torn apart by nationalist separatism. Its collapse was one of the seismic shifts of the twentieth century. Thirty years on, Vladislav Zubok offers a major reinterpretation of the final years of the USSR, refuting the notion that the breakup of the Soviet order was inevitable. Instead, Zubok reveals how Gorbachev’s misguided reforms, intended to modernize and democratize the Soviet Union, deprived the government of resources and empowered separatism. Collapse sheds new light on Russian democratic populism, the Baltic struggle for independence, the crisis of Soviet finances—and the fragility of authoritarian state power.

1177 B C

1177 B C  Book
Author : Eric H. Cline
Publisher : Princeton University Press
Release : 2014-03-23
ISBN : 0691140898
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the "Sea Peoples" invaded Egypt. The pharaoh's army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilizations. After centuries of brilliance, the civilized world of the Bronze Age came to an abrupt and cataclysmic end. Kingdoms fell like dominoes over the course of just a few decades. No more Minoans or Mycenaeans. No more Trojans, Hittites, or Babylonians. The thriving economy and cultures of the late second millennium B.C., which had stretched from Greece to Egypt and Mesopotamia, suddenly ceased to exist, along with writing systems, technology, and monumental architecture. But the Sea Peoples alone could not have caused such widespread breakdown. How did it happen? In this major new account of the causes of this "First Dark Ages," Eric Cline tells the gripping story of how the end was brought about by multiple interconnected failures, ranging from invasion and revolt to earthquakes, drought, and the cutting of international trade routes. Bringing to life the vibrant multicultural world of these great civilizations, he draws a sweeping panorama of the empires and globalized peoples of the Late Bronze Age and shows that it was their very interdependence that hastened their dramatic collapse and ushered in a dark age that lasted centuries. A compelling combination of narrative and the latest scholarship, 1177 B.C. sheds new light on the complex ties that gave rise to, and ultimately destroyed, the flourishing civilizations of the Late Bronze Age—and that set the stage for the emergence of classical Greece.

Questioning Collapse

Questioning Collapse Book
Author : Patricia A. McAnany,Norman Yoffee
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release : 2009-09-28
ISBN : 1107717329
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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'.

After the Collapse of Communism

After the Collapse of Communism Book
Author : Professor Michael McFaul, PhD,Michael McFaul,Kathryn Stoner-Weiss
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release : 2004-09-06
ISBN : 9780521834841
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Collapse

The Collapse Book
Author : Mary Elise Sarotte
Publisher : Basic Books
Release : 2014-10-07
ISBN : 0465056903
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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ent the final collapse of the Cold War order.

A Time of Change Questioning the Collapse of Anuradhapura Sri Lanka

A Time of Change  Questioning the    Collapse    of Anuradhapura  Sri Lanka Book
Author : Keir Magalie Strickland
Publisher : Archaeopress Publishing Ltd
Release : 2017-06-30
ISBN : 1784916331
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book reassesses the apparent collapse of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, through explicit reference to the archaeological record, rather than focusing solely upon textual sources which have been overly relied upon in previous studies.

The Collapse of Complex Societies

The Collapse of Complex Societies Book
Author : Joseph Tainter
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release : 1988
ISBN : 9780521386739
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Twenty-four examples of societal collapse help develop a new theory to account for their breakdown. Detailed studies of the Roman, Mayan and Cacoan collapses clarify the processes of disintegration.

Progress or Collapse

Progress or Collapse Book
Author : Roberto De Vogli
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2013-01-03
ISBN : 1135102910
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Human progress is heading toward collapse. There are converging ecological crises looming on the horizon: climate change, peak oil, water shortages, fish depletion and food scarcities. The world is on a collision course against the limits of the ecosystem. Modern societies are consuming, polluting and growing as if there is no tomorrow. Indeed, there may not be one. In Progress or Collapse, Roberto De Vogli guides us through the multiple converging global crises of economic progress. He explores the connections between the environmental crisis and the psychological, social, cultural, political and economic emergencies affecting modern societies. It is not a coincidence, the author argues, that global ecological destruction is occurring in tandem with other crises: rising mental disorders, mindless consumerism, rampant conformism, status competition, civic disengagement, startling social inequalities, global financial instability, and widespread political impasse. In this hard-hitting analysis, Roberto De Vogli identifies the root cause of all these symptoms of societal breakdown: neoliberalism, defined as market greed. He argues that in recent decades, modern societies have been dominated by a suicidal economic doctrine based on two articles of faith: the greed creed and the market God. The greed creed states that people are nothing but selfish profiteers in a perpetual search for status and wealth. The market God is the belief that all societal and human affairs are best regulated as market exchanges. What is to be done? Can we stop progress toward collapse? Given the current distribution of power and wealth, and the state of psychological and political inertia in which we are trapped, our chances of redefining progress around alternative values and embracing a new philosophy of life are slim. Yet, the history of human emancipation has often been shaped by giant leaps forward. In the past, civic struggles have overcome "the limits of the possible". Whether this will happen again in the future is the central question of our time. This book will be of interest to researchers and students of ecology, psychology, public health, epidemiology, human development, political philosophy, economics, sociology and politics.

Gravitational Radiation and Gravitational Collapse

Gravitational Radiation and Gravitational Collapse Book
Author : International Astronomical Union. Symposium
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release : 1974-05-31
ISBN : 9789027704368
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Proceedings of IAU Symposium No. 64, Warsaw, Poland, September 5-8, 1973

Collapse of Memory Memory of Collapse

Collapse of Memory   Memory of Collapse Book
Author : Olga Sasunkevich,Joachim Schiedermair,Barbara Törnquist-Plewa,Alexander Drost
Publisher : Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
Release : 2019-04-15
ISBN : 3412513717
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The attraction of crises keeps going an entire sector of the media industry. Authors, painters, photographers and directors tell fascinating stories about the decline of empires and democracies as much as earthquakes and infectious diseases. Hereby, catastrophe and collapse evolve as a complex construct of experience, interpretation and emotion. The resulting narrative combines analyses of facts about the collapse with a retrospect evaluation, update and confirmation of these facts in the cultural memory of a given society. The random occurrence becomes a memorable event. The contributors of this volume have taken a narratological approach in examining collapse, disaster, catastrophe and how these in turn manifest themselves across different types of media. Die Anziehungskraft der „Krise“ stimuliert Kultur- und Medienschaffende gleichermaßen. Inspiriert erzählen sie fesselnde Geschichten vom Zusammenbruch von Imperien und Demokratien ebenso wie von Erdbeben und Epidemien. In diesen entwickeln sich Katastrophe und Untergang als komplexe Konstrukte aus Erfahrungen, Interpretationen und Emotionen. Sie vereinen die Analyse von Fakten über eine Katastrophe mit der Aktualisierung von Erfahrungen des kulturellen Gedächtnisses im Umgang mit Katastrophen. Hierbei wird der beliebige Vorfall zum erinnerbaren Ereignis. Die Autoren dieses Bandes untersuchen aus narratologischer Perspektive Untergang, Desaster, Katastrophe und wie sie mittels verschiedener Medien erzählt werden. Herausgeber / Editors Alexander Drost (University of Greifswald); Volha Olga Sasunkevich (University of Gothenburg); Joachim Schiedermair (University of Greifswald); Barbara Törnquist-Plewa (Lund University) Beiträger / Contributors Dr. Uta Bretschneider (Kloster Veßra); Elizabeth Oxfeldt (University of Oslo); Philipp Wagner (Universität Wien); Florian Peters (Institut für Zeitgeschichte München – Berlin, Abt. Berlin); Mariëlle Wijermars (University of Helsinki); Valur Ingimundarson (University of Iceland); Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir (Háskóli Íslands); Franziska Sajdak (Universität Greifswald)

Surviving Collapse

Surviving Collapse Book
Author : Christina Ergas
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Release : 2021-08-16
ISBN : 0197544096
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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As major environmental crises loom, Christina Ergas makes the argument in Surviving Collapse that one possible way forward is a radical sustainable development that turns the focus from monetary gain to social and ecological regeneration and transformation. Employing qualitative and cross-national comparative methods, Ergas examines two alternative, community-scale, socioecological models of development: the first is a grassroots urban ecovillage in the Pacific Northwest, United States, while the second is a government-subsidized, but cooperatively run, urban farm in Havana, Cuba. While neither are panaceas, they prioritize social and ecological efficiency and subsume economic rationality towards those ends. Featuring cases that not only allow us to synthesize their strengths but evaluate their weaknesses, Surviving Collapse reveals a multitude of varied paths toward reaching radical urban sustainability and empowers us all to imagine, and possibly build, more resilient futures.

Why Communism Did Not Collapse

Why Communism Did Not Collapse Book
Author : Martin K. Dimitrov
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release : 2013-07-31
ISBN : 1107035538
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Addresses the durability of communist autocracies in Eastern Europe and Asia, the longest-lasting type of non-democratic regime to emerge after World War I.

Paper Money Collapse

Paper Money Collapse Book
Author : Detlev S. Schlichter
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Release : 2011-08-31
ISBN : 111812782X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The case for the inevitable failure of a paper money economy and what that means for the future All paper money systems in history have ended in failure. Either they collapsed in chaos, or society returned to commodity money before that could happen. Drawing upon novel new research, Paper Money Collapse conclusively illustrates why paper money systems—those based on an elastic and constantly expanding supply of money as opposed to a system of commodity money of essentially fixed supply—are inherently unstable and why they must lead to economic disintegration. These highly controversial conclusions clash with the present consensus, which holds that elastic state money is superior to inflexible commodity money (such as a gold standard), and that expanding money is harmless or even beneficial for as long as inflation stays low. Contradicting this, Paper Money Collapse shows that: The present crisis is the unavoidable result of continuously expanding fiat money The current policy of accelerated money production to "stimulate" the economy is counterproductive and could lead to a complete collapse of the monetary system Why many in financial markets, in media, and in the policy establishment are unable (and often unwilling) to fully appreciate the underlying problems with elastic money This compelling new book looks at the breakdown of modern economic theory and the fallacy of mathematical models. It is an analysis of the current financial crisis and shows in very stark terms that the solutions presented by paper money-enthusiasts around the world are misguided and inherently flawed.

The Collapse of Communist Power in Poland

The Collapse of Communist Power in Poland Book
Author : Jacqueline Hayden
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2006-03-23
ISBN : 1134208006
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Based on extensive original research, including interviews with key participants, this book investigates the sudden and unforeseen collapse of communist power in Poland in 1989. It sets out the sequence of events, and examines the strategies of the various political groupings prior to the partially free election of June 1989. This volume argues that the specific negotiating strategies adopted by the communist party representatives in the Round Table discussions before the elections was a key factor in communism’s collapse. The book shows that on many occasions, PZPR decision-makers ignored expert advice, and many Round Table bargains went against the party’s best interests. Using in-depth interviews with major party players, including General Jaruzelski, General Kiszczak and Mieczyslaw Rakowski, as well as Solidarity advisors such as Adam Michnik, the text provides a unique source of first-hand accounts of Poland’s revolutionary drama.