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T1 Introduction notes - Topic 1 The Collapse of Societies...

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Topic 1: The Collapse of Societies – Past and Present In reviewing the rise and fall of previous societies, it is evident that non-sustainable use of natural resources has often played a dominating role in their collapse. In many cases, these societies were living at the edge, and natural phenomena such as an extended drought or climate change (The Little Ice Age 1300-1850) pushed them over the edge of sustainable resource use. Jared Diamond defines collapse as a drastic decrease in human population size and/or political/economic/social complexity, over a considerable area, for an extended time. Ecocide - people inadvertently destroying the environmental resources on which their societies depend. Do you think that modern society is “inadvertently” or “intentionally” destroying some environmental resources? Once critical resource shortages occur, there has historically been a war in which societies with shortages have attempted to gain resources from those with more plentiful supplies. Modern societies have relied on technology to solve many of our problems, but are we
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course SAS SAS009 taught by Professor Horton during the Spring '08 term at UC Davis.

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T1 Introduction notes - Topic 1 The Collapse of Societies...

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