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The Collapse of Complex Societies

The Collapse of Complex Societies

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Joseph Tainter
Cambridge University Press, 29/03/1990
EAN 9780521386739, ISBN10: 052138673X
260 pages, 24.7 x 17.4 x 3 cm

Any explanation of political collapse carries lessons not just for the study of ancient societies, but for the members of all complex 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.

'Tainter's model accommodates all levels of complexity and all kinds of evidence. It deserves to be widely read.' Antiquity