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Political disintegration is a persistent feature of world history. The Collapse of Complex Societies, though written by an archaeologist, will therefore strike a chord throughout the social sciences. Any explanation of societal collapse carries lessons not just for the study of ancient societies, but for the members of all such societies in both the present and future. 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 that accounts for collapse among diverse kinds of societies, evaluating his model and clarifying the processes of disintegration by detailed studies of the Roman, Mayan and Chacoan collapses.

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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.

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ISBN:
9780521386739
Editor:
Renfrew, Colin
Editor:
Gamble, Clive
Editor:
Renfrew, Colin
Editor:
Gamble, Clive
Author:
Tainter, Joseph
Author:
Renfrew, Colin
Author:
Ashmore, Wendy
Author:
Joseph, Tainter
Author:
O'Shea, John
Author:
Gamble, Clive
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire ;
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Sociology, anthropology and archaeology
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Civilization, ancient
Subject:
Civilization -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Comparative civilization.
Subject:
Civilization, Ancient Civilization, Ancient
Subject:
Comparative civilisation
Subject:
Civilisation - Philosophy
Subject:
World History-Ancient History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Bibliography: p. 217-242.
Series:
New studies in archaeology ;
Series Volume:
no. 140
Publication Date:
19900331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
30 line diagrams 1 half-tone
Pages:
260
Dimensions:
9.68x6.86x.53 in. 1.17 lbs.

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