Genocide would by far the biggest contributing factor

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He did not list any possible solutions or ways to prevent the genocide. Genocide would by far the biggest contributing factor in a potential collapse of Rwanda. In the five-point framework that Diamond laid out in the prologue, he included hostile neighbors. The only thing that could be worse for a country than hostile neighbors would be if citizens of the same country are killing each other in mass amounts. While overpopulation may have contributed to some agricultural problems in Rwanda, it cannot even compare to the effect that Belgium and the genocide have had on Rwanda. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed brings a very interesting perspective to problems past and current societies have. Jared Diamond brings up a lot of good points but there are many instances where he does not seem to focus on the right things. The two chapters that seemed to be the biggest example of this were China and Rwanda. He did a good job explaining how air pollution and the trash accumulation effect the environment. However, he stressed deforestation way too much for an outdated issue and did not go in depth enough on topics such as the three major projects and the increase in the number of households and the impact that has on the environment. On the chapter about Rwanda, Diamond seemed to try to avoid the obvious. He tried to blame overpopulation for their struggles when most people would argue that if anything causes that country to collapse, it would be genocide that stemmed from Belgian colonization. In this case, he tried too hard to make his five-point framework fit when in reality, there is a very simple explanation for their struggles. Jared Diamond does a good job raising issues people would not normally think about but he chooses to elaborate on the wrong topics. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed would have been a much better book
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had Diamond turned his focus away from some topics and focused more on issues that had more impact on the society in question.
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  • Fall '07
  • Copp
  • Rwandan Genocide, Yangtze River, Three Gorges Dam, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

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