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A really detailed analysis of the reasons for the collapse of complex societies. For my own purposes, as a general reader, perhaps it is a bit too detailed in places lots of references to other Tainter examines several major cultures that show a rise in complexity and expansion in territory followed by a collapse and decline. Rome is, of course, a primary example, with Mayan culture, Chaco The Collapse of Complex Societies. Joseph Tainter. Political disintegration is a persistent feature of world history.

The Collapse of Complex Societies, though written by an archaeologist, will therefore strike a chord throughout the social sciences. Any explanation of societal collapse carries lessons not just for the study of ancient societies, but for the members of all such societies in both the present and future. Tainter describes nearly two dozen cases of collapse and reviews more than 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.

The nature of complex societies. The study of collapse. Relationship of marginal and average product. Average returns of agriculture.

Marginal returns of agriculture in India. Productivity of caloric intake for increasing life expectancy. Reductions in fuel consumption of steam engines resulting from increases in thermal efficiency. Marginal yield in a branch of science. The marginal product of increasing complexity. The marginal product of increasing complexity with technological innovation or acquisition of an energy subsidy.

The Roman Empire at the time of Hadrian. Debasement of the denarius from Nero to Septimius Severus. Patent applications and issues in respect to population and scientifictechnical personnel Patent applications in respect to research inputs. Productivity of the U S health care system American expenditures on higher education Specialization in American education Productivity of educational investment for the development of specialized expertise.

British Admiralty statistics Growth of GNP per capita. Emperors and pretenders from to A D. The Mayan area showing major subdivisions and selected sites. Construction of dated monuments at Classic Maya sites.

Southern Lowland Mayan radiocarbon dates from elite contexts. San Juan Basin and surrounding terrain. TheChacoan regional system A D Summary and implications. Chaco Canyon Chacoan civilization collapse competition complex societies conflict conquest costly costs Culbert n. Ecology, the Ascendent Perspective Robert E. Introduction to collapse. Roman emperors.

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A really detailed analysis of the reasons for the collapse of complex societies. For my own purposes, as a general reader, perhaps it is a bit too detailed in places lots of references to other Tainter examines several major cultures that show a rise in complexity and expansion in territory followed by a collapse and decline. Rome is, of course, a primary example, with Mayan culture, Chaco The Collapse of Complex Societies. Joseph Tainter. Political disintegration is a persistent feature of world history.

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