"I've set myself the modest task of trying to explain the broad pattern of human history, on all the continents, for the last 13,000 years. Why did history take such different evolutionary courses for peoples of different continents? This problem ...
has fascinated me for a long time, but it's now ripe for a new synthesis because of recent advances in many fields seemingly remote from history, including molecular biology, plant and animal genetics and biogeography, archaeology, and linguistics."
Who has looked on the ancient Maya or classical Mediterranean cities and not wondered why they were abandoned? Or whether they hold a message for us? In this fascinating book, Jared Diamond seeks to understand the fates of past societies that collapsed for ecological reasons, combining the most important policy debate of our generation with the romance and mystery of lost worlds. Citizens of first world societies look around and tend not to see signs of imminent ecological collapse: the supermarkets are full of food; water gushes from our faucets; we live amidst trees and green grass. Actually, though, many past civilizations -- with far smaller populations and less potent destructive technologies than those of today -- have inadvertently committed ecological suicide: the Polynesian societies on Easter Island and other Pacific islands or the Anasazi civiliation, for example. Ecocide asks why some societies make disastrous decisions, and how can we in the modern world learn better problem solving? Ecocide is an ecological history of human societies that considers why societies in some regions have been more vulnerable than those in other regions, and also compares the trajectories of pastcivilizations with likely trajectories of our own. Why did Greenland fail where Iceland succeeded? What links Rwanda and Australia? What can contemporary Montana learn from the ancient Mayans and modern Chinese?
Un libro molto interessante che ti sbatte in faccia la verità sulla nostra società e la sua sostenibilità a lungo e a breve termine. Le posizioni sono molto bilanciate tra ambientalismo e leggi di mercato. La pecca è lo stile, troppo accademico
..." (l'autore è un professore), troppo attento a spiegare bene le cose che finisce per ripetere gli stessi concetti, con continui elenchi numerati di fattori importanti. E' un po' come leggere una tesi di dottorato: interessante, chiara, ma spesso non passa proprio. Continua...Nascondi
Interesting and well documented book about how it's easy to make disastrous choiches.Hopefully it's only marginally more difficult to make the good ones, and Diamod tries hard (maybe too hard?) to direct us on an evironmentally sensible path.If you
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Concise review: a must read book. Verbosity follows...Reading "Collapse" will hardly left you untouched, especially if you are not familiar with rigorous treatises about ecology and society development. And you're not stupid.The book is a mine of
..."ok is a mine of facts, supports its conclusions with those facts and good reasoning, explains why and how the author reached those conclusions, answers the usual objections to those conclusions and suggests further readings and actions to the convinced and the non convinced ones. This makes it a long book and not a page turner: that's because there is so much on every page to be assimilated, that you (well, should say I) don't want to waste any inch of it. Also, reading it in English while not being English could have exacerbated things. In fact, the first chapter, about modern Montana, was a little underwhelming on the onset: what... I was in for the Maya and the Rapa Nui and you give me Montana? But then the facts start flowing, and the parallels between ancient and modern societies let you understand that archeology is not just a mere leisure, but also a way to understand the rights and wrongs of our ancestors and to avoid the latter while trying to achieve the former. Those parallels would have to wait for the last chapters if it wasn't for that first chapter, so consider it a necessary struggle, kind of like for somebody are the first chapters of "The Lord of the Rings". The conclusions are maybe nothing new, but so well grounded in a coherent and factual discourse that are hard to dismiss: societies should not hook themselves to their values and traditions, but choose those valuable and discard those that put at risk their present and future survival; the elite should not insulate from the rest of the world in a golden cage, because this way they'll only buy themselves the right to be the last one to starve to death (metaphorically or literally); we have to act for ourselves, everyone of us, because nobody will come and save the day; we should take global actions, because we all share the same planet, and there's only one. Sorry for the long review, but there's no way to express in a sentence or two, what this book gave me; and I also felt necessary to let you know what you have to give to this book before you'll get your reward.Continua...Nascondi