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User Review  - AJBraithwaite - LibraryThing

A really detailed analysis of the reasons for the collapse of complex societies. For my own purposes, as a general reader, perhaps it is a bit too detailed in places (lots of references to other ... Read full review

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User Review  - ritaer - LibraryThing

Tainter examines several major cultures that show a rise in complexity and expansion in territory followed by a collapse and decline. Rome is, of course, a primary example, with Mayan culture, Chaco ... Read full review

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Important context for our current predicament. We are living through an unwinding period of diminishing marginal returns, and Tainter's work is immensely helpful in drawing parallels with the past.

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User Review  - PaulRx04 - LibraryThing

Very good, but not as good as Guns, Germs, Steel Read full review

Review: The Collapse of Complex Societies

User Review  - Muhammad al-Khwarizmi - Goodreads

Repetitive but full of good info. The gist is that societies that collapse encounter diminishing and ultimately negative marginal returns to activities to maintain their "homeorhesis", so to speak ... Read full review


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