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3 Polynesians, Europeans, and Chileans had a great impact on the collapse of Easter Island but Diamond does not see it that way. In a later chapter, Diamond analyzes the Pitcairn and Henderson Islands. In the second page of the chapter, he says that there is no evidence of climate change or enemies that caused the collapse. Diamond goes into great detail about how they inflicted damage to their environment and, similar to the case of Easter Island, deforestation. He also discusses the reaction of the people on the island from resorting to cannibalism to the island breaking out in a civil war. To me, this is the first chapter where Diamond’s methods do not really make sense. He set this five-point framework for each civilization, but some of the civilizations only meet two or three of the points. While he explains the downfall of their civilization, he does not meet the requirements that he stated before he analyzed any of the societies. Diamond set out to do one thing, but he only goes half way in my opinion. When he says that five things contribute to the collapse of a society then he goes on to discuss a failed society that only had two or three of those things, the author’s point loses some credibility. On the other hand, Anasazi was affected by four of the five points in the framework gaining Diamond some credibility back. This civilization met every one of the points other than enemies aiding in the collapse of the society. To me, this was one of the strongest uses of the five-point framework. From the destruction of the environment through arroyo cutting and deforestation, to climate change of rainfall and drought, followed by the role trade partners in their collapse, and finally the civil war that broke out as a result. While they did fight with others, Diamond says that they did not count ad hostile enemies because they did not pose a big enough threat to their society. Either way, this was one of the best examples of how the five-
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