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The collapse of complex societies

Author: Joseph A Tainter
Publisher: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1988.
Series: New studies in archaeology.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph A Tainter
ISBN: 0521340926 9780521340922 052138673X 9780521386739
OCLC Number: 15083222
Description: xiv, 250 pages : maps, graphs, tables ; 26 cm.
Contents: Introduction to collapse --
The nature of complex societies --
The study of collapse --
Understanding collapse: the marginal productivity of sociopolitical change --
Evaluation: complexity and marginal returns in collapsing societies --
Summary and implications.
Series Title: New studies in archaeology.
Responsibility: Joseph A. Tainter.
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