Questioning Collapse

Author : Patricia A. McAnany
ISBN : 9781107717329
Genre : Social Science
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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'.
Category: Social Science

Klimakriege

Author : Harald Welzer
ISBN : 9783104007243
Genre : Science
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Kampf um Trinkwasser, Massengewalt, ethnische „Säuberungen, Bürgerkriege und endlose Flüchtlingsströme bestimmen schon jetzt die Gegenwart. Die heutigen Konflikte drehen sich nicht mehr um Ideologie und Systemkonkurrenz, sondern um Klassen-, Glaubens- und vor allem Ressourcenfragen. Der Autor plädiert für ein neues Denken und zeigt, was jetzt getan werden müsste, um Menschheitskatastrophen abzuwenden.
Category: Science

Aufstieg Und Fall Westlicher Herrschaft

Author : Martin Sebaldt
ISBN : 9783658102173
Genre : Political Science
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Der Sammelband analysiert Aufstieg und Fall westlicher Herrschaft als globales Grundproblem. Durch die Vorstellung von zwölf modernen Klassikern zu diesem Thema, die sich durch besonderen theoretischen und empirischen Mehrwert auszeichnen, wird die Vielfalt der Erklärungsansätze erschlossen. Diese setzen sowohl bei geographischen und natürlichen Ressourcen an, wie auch bei kulturellen Errungenschaften und Werten. Wieder andere stellen Institutionen und Organisationsmuster als entscheidende Determinanten heraus. Letztlich wird damit deutlich, dass Aufstieg und Fall westlicher Herrschaft nur multikausal zu begreifen sind. Die vergleichende Abschlussbetrachtung liefert dafür einen systematischen Ansatz.
Category: Political Science

Beyond Collapse

Author : Ronald K. Faulseit
ISBN : 9780809333998
Genre : History
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This book interprets how ancient civilizations responded to various stresses, including environmental change, warfare, and the fragmentation of political institutions. It focuses on what happened during and after the decline of once powerful regimes, and posits that they experienced social resilience and transformation instead of collapse.
Category: History

Die Entscheidung

Author : Naomi Klein
ISBN : 9783104031453
Genre : Science
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***JETZT ODER NICHTS – der provokante Gesellschaftsentwurf der international bekannten Bestsellerautorin Naomi Klein (›NoLogo‹ und ›Die Schock-Strategie‹)*** Vergessen Sie alles, was Sie über den Klimawandel zu wissen meinten: Es geht nicht nur um CO2-Emissionen, es geht um den Kapitalismus! Die weltbekannte Aktivistin Naomi Klein weckt uns aus der kollektiven Ohnmacht angesichts der Klimakatastrophe. In einer packenden Vision zeigt sie, dass wir uns dieser existentiellen Herausforderung stellen können. Wir müssen unser Wirtschaftssystem des Immer-mehr aufgeben und etwas radikal Neues wagen. Denn überall auf der Welt gibt es bereits überraschende und inspirierende Alternativen. Brillant gedacht, fundiert recherchiert, hoffnungsvoll und spannend. Ein Buch, das aufrüttelt und Lust auf die Zukunft macht. »Die Klimakatastrophe kann die Welt zum Besseren ändern.« — Naomi Klein »Naomi Klein befasst sich in ihrer unbestechlichen, leidenschaftlichen und akribischen Art mit den größten und drängendsten Fragen unserer Zeit. Ihr Werk hat die Spielregeln der Debatte verändert. Für mich zählt sie zu den inspirierendsten politischen Vordenkern der Welt von heute.« — Arundhati Roy »Zweifellos eines der wichtigsten Bücher des Jahrzehnts.« — Amitav Ghosh »Naomi Klein ist ein Genie. Sie hat für das Feld der Politik das geleistet, was Jared Diamond für die Erforschung der Geschichte des Menschen getan hat. Meisterhaft verwebt sie politische, ökonomische und historische Fakten und verdichtet sie zu einfachen und mächtigen Wahrheiten mit universeller Anwendbarkeit.« — Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. »Naomi Kleins klare Sprache und ihr Scharfsinn, machen Lust auf Veränderung und verdeutlichen die Notwendigkeit zum sofortigen Handeln.« — Charlize Theron »Eine mitreißende Pflichtlektüre!« — Michael E. Mann, Direktor des Earth System Science Center an der Pennsylvania State University
Category: Science

The Great Maya Droughts In Cultural Context

Author : Gyles Iannone
ISBN : 9781607322801
Genre : Social Science
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In The Great Maya Droughts in Cultural Context, contributors reject the popularized link between societal collapse and drought in Maya civilization, arguing that a series of periodic “collapses,” including the infamous Terminal Classic collapse (AD 750–1050), were not caused solely by climate change–related droughts but by a combination of other social, political, and environmental factors. New and senior scholars of archaeology and environmental science explore the timing and intensity of droughts and provide a nuanced understanding of socio-ecological dynamics, with specific reference to what makes communities resilient or vulnerable when faced with environmental change.Contributors recognize the existence of four droughts that correlate with periods of demographic and political decline and identify a variety of concurrent political and social issues. They argue that these primary underlying factors were exacerbated by drought conditions and ultimately led to societal transitions that were by no means uniform across various sites and subregions. They also deconstruct the concept of “collapse” itself—although the line of Maya kings ended with the Terminal Classic collapse, the Maya people and their civilization survived. The Great Maya Droughts in Cultural Context offers new insights into the complicated series of events that impacted the decline of Maya civilization. This significant contribution to our increasingly comprehensive understanding of ancient Maya culture will be of interest to students and scholars of archaeology, anthropology, geography, and environmental studies.
Category: Social Science

Why Did Ancient Civilizations Fail

Author : Scott A J Johnson
ISBN : 9781315512884
Genre : Social Science
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Ideas abound as to why certain complex societies collapsed in the past, including environmental change, subsistence failure, fluctuating social structure and lack of adaptability. Why Did Ancient Civilizations Fail? evaluates the current theories in this important topic and discusses why they offer only partial explanations of the failure of past civilizations. This engaging book offers a new theory of collapse, that of social hubris. Through an examination of Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Roman, Maya, Inca, and Aztec societies, Johnson persuasively argues that hubris blinded many ancient peoples to evidence that would have allowed them to adapt, and he further considers how this has implications for contemporary societies. Comprehensive and well-written, this volume serves as an ideal text for undergraduate courses on ancient complex societies, as well as appealing to the scholar interested in societal collapse.
Category: Social Science

Archaeology In Society

Author : Marcy Rockman
ISBN : 1441998810
Genre : Social Science
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The practiceof archaeology has many different facets: from academia, to government, tocultural resource management, to public media. Considering the place of archaeology in society means understanding the rolesthat archaeology has in the present day and a sense of the contributions thatit can make in each of these areas, both now and in the future. Archaeologistscome to the field to pursue a variety of interests: teaching, examininghistory, preserving the environment, or studying a specialized time period orinterest. The outside world has a number of other expectations of archaeology:preservation, tourism, and education, to name but a few. From a broad and varied background, the editors have compiled a rare group ofcontributors uniquely qualified to address questions about the current state ofarchaeology and its relevance in society. There is no single answer to thequestion of how the field of archaeology should develop, and what it can do forsociety. Instead,the authors in this volume lay out the many ways in which archaeology isrelevant to the present day - considering, for example, climate change, energyexploration, warfare, national identity, the importance of stories and how theyare told, and how and why opportunities to engage with the past throughmuseums, digs, television, classes, and the print media have the formsthey currently do - creating a state-of-the-art tool for archaeologists, policymakers and the public alike to understand the work of many in the fieldand address the challenges we all face.
Category: Social Science

Transforming Archaeology

Author : Sonya Atalay
ISBN : 9781315416526
Genre : Social Science
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Archaeology for whom? The dozen well-known contributors to this innovative volume suggest nothing less than a transformation of the discipline into a service-oriented, community-based endeavor. They wish to replace the primacy of meeting academic demands with meeting the needs and values of those outside the field who may benefit most from our work. They insist that we employ both rigorous scientific methods and an equally rigorous critique of those practices to ensure that our work addresses real-world social, environmental, and political problems. A transformed archaeology requires both personal engagement and a new toolkit. Thus, in addition to the theoretical grounding and case materials from around the world, each contributor offers a personal statement of their goals and an outline of collaborative methods that can be adopted by other archaeologists.
Category: Social Science

Die Neuen Weltwunder

Author : Bernd Ingmar Gutberlet
ISBN : 9783838709062
Genre : History
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Die Chinesische Mauer, die Felsenstadt Petra, der Eiffelturm, Schloss Neuschwanstein und die Alhambra - sie alle sind ebenso außergewöhnlich wie weltbekannt, spektakuläre Weltwunder der Menschheitsgeschichte. Doch wer erbaute sie einst? Und zu welchem Zweck? Was ist ihre Geschichte und Bedeutung? Sind sie mehr als architektonische Überbleibsel ihrer Epoche? Bernd Ingmar Gutberlet stellt die zwanzig wichtigsten erhaltenen Bauten der Menschheitsgeschichte vor.
Category: History