The Collapse of Complex Societies

Audiobook Details

Author:

Joseph A. Tainter

Narrated By:

Brian Arens

Length:

10 hrs and 26 mins

File Type:

.m4b

Release Date:

05-19-22

File Size:

569.71 MB

Audiobook Summary

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 2,000 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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