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Environmental disasters. Terrorist wars. Energy scarcity. Economic failure. Is this the world's inevitable fate, a downward spiral that ultimately spells the collapse of societies? Perhaps, says acclaimed author Thomas Homer-Dixon - or perhaps these crises can actually lead to renewal for ourselves and planet earth.

The Upside of Down takes the reader on a mind-stretching tour of societies' management, or mismanagement, of disasters over time. From the demise of ancient Rome to contemporary climate change, this spellbinding book analyzes what happens when multiple crises compound to cause what the author calls "synchronous failure." But, crisis doesn't have to mean total global calamity. Through catagenesis, or creative, bold reform in the wake of breakdown, it is possible to reinvent our future.

Drawing on the worlds of archeology, poetry, politics, science, and economics, The Upside of Down is certain to provoke controversy and stir imaginations across the globe. The author's wide-ranging expertise makes his insights and proposals particularly acute, as people of all nations try to grapple with how we can survive tomorrow's inevitable shocks to our global system. There is no guarantee of success, but there are ways to begin thinking about a better world, and The Upside of Down is the ideal place to start thinking.

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Environmental disasters. Terrorist wars. Energy scarcity. Economic failure. Is this the world's inevitable fate, a downward spiral that ultimately spells the collapse of societies? Perhaps, says acclaimed author Thomas Homer-Dixon - or perhaps these crises can actually lead to renewal for ourselves and planet earth.

About the Author

Thomas Homer-Dixon is a rising star in North American discussions of politics and the environment. A political scientist by training and director of the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. His most recent published book, The Ingenuity Gap (2000), won the Governor General's literary prize for non-fiction.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781597260657
Author:
Homer-dixon, Thomas
Publisher:
Island Press
Contribution:
Resource &. Conflict Analysis
Author:
Thomas Homer-Dixon
Subject:
Public Policy
Subject:
Environmental policy
Subject:
Sustainable Development
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - International Secur
Subject:
Public Policy - General
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
International Security
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
October 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Figures
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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