Antropology- Response to Diamond's Collapse

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This essay is a response to Jared Diamond's Book "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive" and the reasons he provides for why past civilizations fall.

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Diamonds CollapseIn Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive, Jared Diamond analyzes thepotential causes societies have fallen into ruin over the course of human history. Thesetriggers, according to Diamonds lecture, belong to a five point framework which heconnects to the fall of the Greenland Norse society: human impact on the environment,climate change, relations with neighboring friendly societies, relations with hostilesocieties, and how they approached problems relating to politics, the economy, and society.Following his review of these factors, Diamond draws a correlation to our modernsociety. As human beings, we collectively are on an environmentally unsustainable course,and in order to survive, we must work together to control these threats before we meet ourown devastating end.When asked why it is important to study history, a common answer given byDiamond, is that it gives us the opportunity to learn from human errors in the past.1 Itseems, however, that we are entering new territory concerning the recent damagesinflicted on our environment, which now begin to threaten our very existence. InEcological Collapses of Past Civilizations
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