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Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Jared Diamond
Adult Nonfiction HN13 .D5 2005

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ContentsPage
List of Mapsp. xiii
Prologue: A Tale of Two Farmsp. 1
Two farms
Collapses, past and present
Vanished Edens?
A five-point framework Businesses and the environment
The comparative method Plan of the book
Part One - Modern Montanap. 25
Chapter 1 - Under Montana's Big Skyp. 27
Stan Falkow's story Montana and me Why begin with Montana?
Montana's economic history Mining Forests
Soil Water Native and non-native species
Differing visions Attitudes towards regulation Rick
Laible's story Chip Pigman's story Tim Huls's story John Cook's story
Montana, model of the world
Part Two - Past Societiesp. 77
Chapter 2 - Twilight at Easterp. 79
The quarry's mysteries Easter's geography and history
People and food Chiefs, clans, and commoners
Platforms and statues Carving, transporting, erecting
The vanished forest Consequences for society
Europeans and explanations Why was Easter fragile?
Easter as metaphor
Chapter 3 - The Last People Alive: Pitcairn and Henderson Islandsp. 120
Pitcairn before the Bounty Three dissimilar islands Trade
The movie's ending
Chapter 4 - The Ancient Ones: The Anasazi and Their Neighborsp. 136
Desert farmers Tree rings Agricultural strategies
Chaco's problems and packrats Regional integration
Chaco's decline and end Chaco's message
Chapter 5 - The Maya Collapsesp. 157
Mysteries of lost cities
The Maya environment Maya agriculture Maya history
Copan Complexities of collapses Wars and droughts
Collapse in the southern lowlands
The Maya message
Chapter 6 - The Viking Prelude and Fuguesp. 178
Experiments in the Atlantic
The Viking explosion Autocatalysis
Viking agriculture Iron
Viking chiefs
Viking religion Orkneys, Shetlands, Faeroes Iceland's environment
Iceland's history
Iceland in context Vinland
Chapter 7 - Norse Greenland's Floweringp. 211
Europe's outpost Greenland's climate today
Climate in the past Native plants and animals
Norse settlement Farming Hunting and fishing
An integrated economy Society
Trade with Europe Self-image
Chapter 8 - Norse Greenland's Endp. 248
Introduction to the end Deforestation Soil and turf damage
The Inuit's predecessors Inuit subsistence Inuit/Norse relations
The end Ultimate causes of the end
Chapter 9 - Opposite Paths to Successp. 277
Bottom up, top down New Guinea highlands
Tikopia Tokugawa problems
Tokugawa solutions Why Japan succeeded Other successes
Part Three - Modern Societiesp. 309
Chapter 10 - Malthus in Africa: Rwanda's Genocidep. 311
A dilemma Events in Rwanda More than ethnic hatred
Buildup in Kanama Explosion in Kanama Why it happened
Chapter 11 - One Island, Two Peoples, Two Histories
The Dominican Republic and Haitip. 329
Differences Histories Causes of divergence
Dominican environmental impacts Balaguer
The Dominican environment today The future
Chapter 12 - China, Lurching Giantp. 358
China's significance Background Air, water, soil Habitat, species, megaprojects
Consequences Connections The future
Chapter 13 - "Mining" Australiap. 378
Australia's significance
Soils Water Distance Early history
Imported values Trade and immigration Land degradation&


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