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    Description*Immoderate Greatness* explains how a civilization's very magnitude conspires against it to cause downfall. Civilizations are hard-wired for self-destruction. They travel an arc from initial success to terminal decay and ultimate collapse due to intrinsic, inescapable biophysical limits combined with an inexorable trend toward moral decay and practical failure. Because our own civilization is global, its collapse will also be global, as well as uniquely devastating owing to the immensity of its population, complexity, and consumption. To avoid the common fate of all past civilizations will require a radical change in our ethos-to wit, the deliberate renunciation of greatness-lest we precipitate a dark age in which the arts and adornments of civilization are partially or completely lost.

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    Immoderate Greatness
    Why Civilizations Fail
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) William Ophuls
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 118
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 6 mm
    Weight: 145 g
    ISBN 13: 9781479243143
    ISBN 10: 1479243140

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    LC classification: D
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    Abridged Dewey: 909
    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000
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    Publication date
    28 December 2012