Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

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Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

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...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2013 9:58 pm UTC

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Let's look at each of the examples your question mentions and see how they fit into Diamond's five points. Japanese import of timber: Modern Japan's reliance on timber imports is an example of what...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2020 2:25 pm UTC

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The answer to this can be found in Chapter 9 of Collapse. Since I only have this book on Kindle, I cannot give you a page number, but Amazon’s searchable copy indicates that the relevant...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2013 4:36 pm UTC

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Since all the other questions that you asked today were about Collapse, I assume that this question is about that book as well. I will answer using quotes from the book, but my answer will be the...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2013 6:46 pm UTC

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Mangareva, Pitcairn, and Henderson are the only habitable islands in the remote region of the South Pacific known as Southeast Polynesia. There is ample evidence that these islands traded...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2020 7:50 am UTC

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The dairy farms and Scandinavian culture the Norse established in settlements in Greenland lasted for about 450 years, a very good track record. However, what happened to the Gardar dairy farm...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2019 1:21 am UTC

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Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond was written in 2005 as a successor to Diamond's 1997 bestselling Guns, Germs, and Steel. Where Diamond in his earlier book looked...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2015 10:26 am UTC

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Diamond's main theme is that societies have made choices about how they interact with the environment. Some choices are sustainable and some are not. Societies that survive make sustainable...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2018 1:13 am UTC

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The only factor listed that was not a significant issue for Icelandic settlers was #1, "Hostile outsiders from other societies," as pohnpei397 explains in his answer.

Latest answer posted October 29, 2013 7:00 pm UTC

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Diamond argues that the spate of forest fires in Montana in the late twentieth century can actually be traced back to the irresponsible logging practices that characterized forest use throughout...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2020 6:49 pm UTC

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Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed was written by Jared Diamond, who is known for intelligently attempting to explain why nations become prosperous or impoverished, sophisticated or...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2019 11:45 pm UTC

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As with your earlier question, this is a matter of personal opinion. Some people will think, for example, that the government has the most responsibility. Others will think that individuals have...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2013 4:28 am UTC

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First of all, I will be basing my answer to this question on the chapter by McAnany and Gallareta Negron in Questioning Collapse, not on anything that Yoffee himself writes. This is because...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2013 11:58 pm UTC

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The answer to this is put very nicely by Diamond in the following quote (I cannot provide a page number because I only have this on Kindle): What accounts for the enormous jump in land prices?...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2013 4:00 pm UTC

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In Collapse, Jared Diamond enumerates many examples of how environmental degradation and in particular deforestation led to the collapse of societies. Diamond contrasts the extent of deforestation...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2020 11:36 am UTC

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This is, of course, a matter of personal opinion. Different people will see different strengths and weaknesses on the part of the United States. The following are my views, but they are not...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2013 4:14 am UTC

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In one sense, we really should not think about this as a race at all. This is because it is not completely a zero-sum game. Something that helps one society can actually help all societies. For...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2013 4:40 am UTC

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Diamond gives these two examples, among others, in his book: climate change and how it affected the Mayan civilization; and the current world, especially the United States Most evidence points...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2019 1:43 pm UTC

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I think that Diamond is often dismissed as junk sciene. However, I think personally that his theories are interesting. Whether or not they are persuasive probably depends on whether you are open...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2012 7:26 am UTC

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The Norse settled Greenland in 984, having discovered the island when a seafarer was blown far off-course en route to Iceland. The settlement thrived initially, subsisting on sheep, goats, and wild...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2020 8:28 am UTC

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It is very hard to know which argument to take more seriously. Both arguments use scientific data to make their points. When experts use the same data to come to different conclusions, it is very...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2013 3:17 pm UTC

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This statement does what rhetoricians call establishing ethos, trying to create a persona that will appeal to a potential audience. Diamond is addressing a particular authorial dilemma. Right now,...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2015 8:54 pm UTC

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I don't think we should completely discount him. There is something to what he says. We may not want to put all of our eggs into any of these theory baskets, but all of them are legitimate. It...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2012 12:18 pm UTC

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Collapse has many geographical settings, because it looks at several different failed or failing societies and attempts to draw parallels between them. In particular, it focuses on the choices...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2018 3:15 am UTC

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The correct answer to the question is answer choice D. Diamond writes that when the Vikings first came to Iceland, "the landscape looked familiar and encouraging." It superficially resembled the...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2017 3:42 am UTC

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The answer to this can be found in Chapter 9 of Collapse. Since I only have this book on Kindle, I cannot give you a page number. However, Amazon’s searchable copy says that the relevant...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2013 3:51 pm UTC

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