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    The Collapse of Complex Societies (New Studies in Archaeology) (Paperback) By (author) Joseph A. Tainter, Series edited by Colin Renfrew, Series edited by Wendy Ashmore, Series edited by Clive Gamble, Series edited by John O'Shea

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    DescriptionAny explanation of political collapse carries lessons not just for the study of ancient societies, but for the members of all complex societies in both the present and future. 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 that accounts for collapse among diverse kinds of societies, evaluating his model and clarifying the processes of disintegration by detailed studies of the Roman, Mayan and Chacoan collapses.


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    Title
    The Collapse of Complex Societies
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Joseph A. Tainter, Series edited by Colin Renfrew, Series edited by Wendy Ashmore, Series edited by Clive Gamble, Series edited by John O'Shea
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 262
    Width: 174 mm
    Height: 244 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 540 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521386739
    ISBN 10: 052138673X
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Libri: I-HP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25530
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Abridged Dewey: 930
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    DC22: 930
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: HD
    DC21: 930
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    LC classification: CB331.T245 1990
    Thema V1.0: NHB, NK, NHC
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    31 b/w illus.
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    01 May 1990
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Review quote
    'Tainter's model accommodates all levels of complexity and all kinds of evidence. It deserves to be widely read.' Antiquity 'Tainter's is an attractive and compelling thesis, of a genre which is nearly extinct among domestic historians.' History Today
    Table of contents
    Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction to collapse; 2. The nature of complex societies; 3. The study of collapse; 4. Understanding collapse: the marginal productivity of sociopolitical change; 5. Evaluation: complexity and marginal returns in collapsing societies; 6. Summary and implications; References; Index.