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Collapse
Author: Jared Diamond
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141976969
Pages: 608
Year: 2013-03-21
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From the author of Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond's Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive is a visionary study of the mysterious downfall of past civilizations. Now in a revised edition with a new afterword, Jared Diamond's Collapse uncovers the secret behind why some societies flourish, while others founder - and what this means for our future. What happened to the people who made the forlorn long-abandoned statues of Easter Island? What happened to the architects of the crumbling Maya pyramids? Will we go the same way, our skyscrapers one day standing derelict and overgrown like the temples at Angkor Wat? Bringing together new evidence from a startling range of sources and piecing together the myriad influences, from climate to culture, that make societies self-destruct, Jared Diamond's Collapse also shows how - unlike our ancestors - we can benefit from our knowledge of the past and learn to be survivors. 'A grand sweep from a master storyteller of the human race' Daily Mail 'Riveting, superb, terrifying' Observer 'Gripping ... the book fulfils its huge ambition, and Diamond is the only man who could have written it' Economist 'This book shines like all Diamond's work' Sunday Times Jared Diamond (b. 1937) is Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. Until recently he was Professor of Physiology at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the widely acclaimed Guns, Germs, and Steel: the Fates of Human Societies, which also is the winner of Britain's 1998 Rhone-Poulenc Science Book Prize.
L'effondrement des sociétés complexes
Author: Joseph Anthony Tainter
Publisher:
ISBN: 235512051X
Pages: 299
Year: 2013
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The Collapse of Complex Societies
Author: Joseph Tainter
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 052138673X
Pages: 250
Year: 1990-03-29
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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.
Drilling Down
Author: Joseph A. Tainter, Tadeusz W. Patzek
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1441976779
Pages: 242
Year: 2011-09-18
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For more than a century, oil has been the engine of growth for a society that delivers an unprecedented standard of living to many. We now take for granted that economic growth is good, necessary, and even inevitable, but also feel a sense of unease about the simultaneous growth of complexity in the processes and institutions that generate and manage that growth. As societies grow more complex through the bounty of cheap energy, they also confront problems that seem to increase in number and severity. In this era of fossil fuels, cheap energy and increasing complexity have been in a mutually-reinforcing spiral. The more energy we have and the more problems our societies confront, the more we grow complex and require still more energy. How did our demand for energy, our technological prowess, the resulting need for complex problem solving, and the end of easy oil conspire to make the Deepwater Horizon oil spill increasingly likely, if not inevitable? This book explains the real causal factors leading up to the worst environmental catastrophe in U.S. history, a disaster from which it will take decades to recover.
The Five Stages of Collapse
Author: Dmitry Orlov
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 155092527X
Pages: 288
Year: 2013-05-10
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A user's guide to economic, political, social and cultural collapse.
The Great Transformation
Author: Karl Polanyi
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 080705643X
Pages: 317
Year: 1944
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One of the twentieth century's most thorough and discerning historians, Karl Polanyi sheds "new illumination on . . . the social implications of a particular economic system, the market economy that grew into full stature in the nineteenth century." -R. M. MacIver
The Baron's Cloak
Author: Willard Sunderland
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 0801471060
Pages: 360
Year: 2014-05-09
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Baron Roman Fedorovich von Ungern-Sternberg (1885–1921) was a Baltic German aristocrat and tsarist military officer who fought against the Bolsheviks in Eastern Siberia during the Russian Civil War. From there he established himself as the de facto warlord of Outer Mongolia, the base for a fantastical plan to restore the Russian and Chinese empires, which then ended with his capture and execution by the Red Army as the war drew to a close. In The Baron’s Cloak, Willard Sunderland tells the epic story of the Russian Empire’s final decades through the arc of the Baron’s life, which spanned the vast reaches of Eurasia. Tracking Ungern’s movements, he transits through the Empire’s multinational borderlands, where the country bumped up against three other doomed empires, the Habsburg, Ottoman, and Qing, and where the violence unleashed by war, revolution, and imperial collapse was particularly vicious. In compulsively readable prose that draws on wide-ranging research in multiple languages, Sunderland recreates Ungern’s far-flung life and uses it to tell a compelling and original tale of imperial success and failure in a momentous time. Sunderland visited the many sites that shaped Ungern’s experience, from Austria and Estonia to Mongolia and China, and these travels help give the book its arresting geographical feel. In the early chapters, where direct evidence of Ungern’s activities is sparse, he evokes peoples and places as Ungern would have experienced them, carefully tracing the accumulation of influences that ultimately came together to propel the better documented, more notorious phase of his career Recurring throughout Sunderland’s magisterial account is a specific artifact: the Baron’s cloak, an essential part of the cross-cultural uniform Ungern chose for himself by the time of his Mongolian campaign: an orangey-gold Mongolian kaftan embroidered in the Khalkha fashion yet outfitted with tsarist-style epaulettes on the shoulders. Like his cloak, Ungern was an imperial product. He lived across the Russian Empire, combined its contrasting cultures, fought its wars, and was molded by its greatest institutions and most volatile frontiers. By the time of his trial and execution mere months before the decree that created the USSR, he had become a profoundly contradictory figure, reflecting both the empire’s potential as a multinational society and its ultimately irresolvable limitations.
The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations
Author: Christopher Lasch
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393348350
Pages: 304
Year: 1991-05-17
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When The Culture of Narcissism was first published, it was clear that Christopher Lasch had identified something important: what was happening to American society in the wake of the decline of the family over the last century. The book quickly became a bestseller. This edition includes a new afterword, "The Culture of Narcissism Revisited."
Reinventing Collapse
Author: Dmitry Orlov
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 1550924753
Pages: 208
Year: 2013-10-18
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A guide to the decline of the American empire for individuals, families and communities
The Civilizing Process: The history of manners
Author: Norbert Elias
Publisher: New York : Urizen Books
ISBN:
Pages: 310
Year: 1978
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The Civilizing Process stands out as Norbert Elias' greatest work, tracing the 'civilizing' of manners and personality in Western Europe since the Middle Ages, and showing how this was related to the formation of states and the monopolization of power within them. It comprises the two volumes originally published in English as The History of Manners and State Formation and Civilization, now, in a single volume, the book is restored to its original format and made available world-wide to a new generation of readers.In this new edition, the original text is extensively revised, corrected, and updated. The Revised Edition reveals anew and afresh the greatness of Elias' masterpiece.
Polymeric Materials with Antimicrobial Activity
Author: Maria Cerrada
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
ISBN: 1849738076
Pages: 432
Year: 2013-11-01
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Antimicrobial polymers are materials that prevent microorganism growth and are needed for many everyday applications from food packaging and water treatment to medicine and healthcare. This new book covers different areas of antimicrobial materials based on polymers including chitosan, polymers with ammonium and phosphonium groups, polymer nanofibers, carbon-based polymer Nanocomposites, polymeric and non-polymeric metal complexes, and biomimetic materials. By combining the information of different materials as well as antimicrobial action modes and applications within one source, the book provides a general summary of the field. Polymeric Materials with Antimicrobial Activity starts with a general introduction to antimicrobial polymers and presents the most common types of microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, yeast and algae) along with the main areas of application of antimicrobial polymeric materials. Specific chapters then detail different polymer systems covering the fundamental issues of synthesis, characterization, physico-chemical properties and applications. With contributions from leading scientists the book is suitable for researchers in polymers, chemistry, biology and materials science interested in an overview of antimicrobial polymeric materials as well as the recent advances in their synthesis, properties and applications.
Collapsing Consciously
Author: Carolyn Baker, Ph.D.
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 1583947132
Pages: 208
Year: 2013-11-19
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A collection of probing essays and weekly meditations, this book addresses how to prepare emotionally and spiritually for the impending collapse of industrial civilization. Author Carolyn Baker offers wisdom, inspiration, and a sense of spiritual purpose for anyone who is concerned about the daunting future humankind has created. The author's introduction to Collapsing Consciously articulates our current predicament of economic collapse, environmental degradation, and global conflict and expresses the confusion, anxiety, grief, anger, and despair we all experience when we take a hard look at the present-day global crisis and the likely future of the planet. But rather than showing us ways to prevent the collapse, Baker argues that the demise of our consumerist, corporate culture is inevitable, and that it is crucial to prepare emotionally and spiritually for the certain changes to come. Part 1 is a collection of seventeen essays which argue that while the collapse of industrial society cannot be prevented, its meaning extends far beyond tragedy and loss. These essays ask the reader to delve inward and discover the limitless treasures of the soul, as well as the gratification and exhilaration to be discovered in joining with community in preparing for the future. In part 2, Baker offers fifty-two weekly meditations comprised of spiritual wisdom, inspiration, paradox, comfort, humor, irony, and a persistent challenge to create and savor beauty in the world, regardless of how bleak the future may appear. Collapsing Consciously is a refreshing take on the perilous present and the grim prospects for our future. Instead of quoting discouraging statistics about our predicament, Baker offers a deeper perspective that makes sense of a world that most of the time appears psychotic or even surreal. Through inspiration and perennial wisdom she has created a manual for making meaning and generating joy, especially in situations that feel hopelessly devoid of both. An ebook containing additional meditations is also available: Collapsing Consciously Meditations: Further Reflections for Turbulent Times, ISBN 978-1-58394-758-6. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Economics for the Common Good
Author: Jean Tirole
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400889146
Pages: 576
Year: 2017-11-14
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From Nobel Prize–winning economist Jean Tirole, a bold new agenda for the role of economics in society When Jean Tirole won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Economics, he suddenly found himself being stopped in the street by complete strangers and asked to comment on issues of the day, no matter how distant from his own areas of research. His transformation from academic economist to public intellectual prompted him to reflect further on the role economists and their discipline play in society. The result is Economics for the Common Good, a passionate manifesto for a world in which economics, far from being a "dismal science," is a positive force for the common good. Economists are rewarded for writing technical papers in scholarly journals, not joining in public debates. But Tirole says we urgently need economists to engage with the many challenges facing society, helping to identify our key objectives and the tools needed to meet them. To show how economics can help us realize the common good, Tirole shares his insights on a broad array of questions affecting our everyday lives and the future of our society, including global warming, unemployment, the post-2008 global financial order, the euro crisis, the digital revolution, innovation, and the proper balance between the free market and regulation. Providing a rich account of how economics can benefit everyone, Economics for the Common Good sets a new agenda for the role of economics in society.
De quoi l’effondrement est-il le nom ?
Author: Renaud Duterme
Publisher: Les Éditions Utopia
ISBN: 2919160842
Pages: 144
Year: 2018-02-20
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Et si notre civilisation était au bord de l’effondrement ? Loin d’être réservée aux scénaristes de science-fiction, cette interrogation est de plus en plus pertinente pour de nombreux chercheurs/euses de tous horizons. Les « crises » financière, économique, écologique, climatique, sociale, démocratique, identitaire, politique... ne sont-elles que des « crises », ou assistons-nous à la fin d’un modèle de société qui s’est étendu à l’ensemble du monde en quelques siècles seulement ? Pour autant, que peut signifier ce concept d’effondrement ? Devons-nous interpréter l’explosion des inégalités et des tensions sociales comme des signes avant-coureurs d’une nouvelle crise sociale ou comme ceux d’un effondrement civilisationnel, comme ce fut le cas pour l’empire romain ou la civilisation maya ? Partant de ces questions, ce livre a pour but d’interroger cette notion, en particulier sous l’angle des ségrégations sociales et spatiales. On en vient alors à considérer l’effondrement comme la conséquence probable d’un monde de plus en plus fragmenté, dans lequel coexistent des personnes renfermées sur leur prospérité derrière des murs sans cesse plus hauts, alors que de l’autre côté toujours plus de populations subissent les conséquences des crises multiples. Une fois analysée sous l’angle de leurs responsables, l’amplification annoncée des catastrophes prend un tout autre visage, permettant à l’auteur de poser les bases d’un nouveau système plus juste et plus durable. Avec lucidité, l'auteur décrypte les différentes crises qui affectent notre monde et pose un diagnostic chargé d'espoir. EXTRAIT Selon le vocable suivi par la majorité des médias et des économistes, nous sommes depuis plusieurs années dans une situation de « crise ». Cette dernière serait non seulement financière et économique mais également écologique, sociale, politique, identitaire, etc. Pourtant, ce que traversent nos sociétés est beaucoup plus profond. Alors que le concept de crise suppose un retour à la « normale », notre civilisation industrielle capitaliste est à bout de souffle, étouffée par ses contradictions internes ainsi que par des limites écologiques toujours plus préoccupantes. D’où l’émergence d’un concept de plus en plus récurrent pour désigner la situation actuelle, celui d’effondrement. À PROPOS DE L'AUTEUR Renaud Duterme est licencié en sciences du développement et de la population de l’Université Libre de Bruxelles. Il enseigne la géographie en Belgique et est membre actif du CADTM (Comité pour l’annulation de la dette du tiers monde). Il est l’auteur de Rwanda, une histoire volée, éditions Tribord, 2013 et co-auteur avec Éric De Ruest de La dette cachée de l’économie, Les Liens qui Libèrent, 2014.
The Jungle Book
Author: Rudyard Kipling
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ISBN:
Pages: 303
Year: 1920
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