Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

by Jared Diamond
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What are the main points of Diamond's argument about the Easter Island society’s relationship to its environment, and the outcome of that relationship, in his book Collapse?

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Jared Diamond’s argument about the society of Easter Island is laid out in Chapter 2 of this book.  Diamond argues that the people of Easter Island essentially abused their environment.  They did things to the environment that were not sustainable.  Eventually, they managed to degrade their environment so badly that they were not able to sustain a large population with a decent standard of living.

By the time that Europeans got to Easter Island, about 800 years after it was settled by Polynesians, the island had no trees.  It...

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