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Why Did Ancient Civilizations Fail? (Hardcover) (Scott A. J. Johnson)

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Many ideas abound as to why certain complex societies collapsed in the past environmental change, subsistence failure, fluctuating social structure, lack of adaptability. This engaging volume offers a new theory of collapse, that of social hubris. Hubris blinds people to evidence that would allow them to adapt. Comprehensive and well-written, this volume serves as an ideal text for undergraduate courses on ancient complex societies, as well as appealing to the scholar interested in societal collapse. This book-evaluates current theories on the collapse of ancient societies and discusses why they are incomplete in their ability to explain the failure of past civilizations;-concludes that the population and leadership must have been aware impending collapse at some point, but acted too late to reorganize and sustain their way of life;-demonstrates the theory through examination of Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Roman, Maya, Inca, and Aztec societies, with implications for contemporary societies.
Many ideas abound as to why certain complex societies collapsed in the past environmental change, subsistence failure, fluctuating social structure, lack of adaptability. This engaging volume offers a new theory of collapse, that of social hubris. Hubris blinds people to evidence that would allow them to adapt. Comprehensive and well-written, this volume serves as an ideal text for undergraduate courses on ancient complex societies, as well as appealing to the scholar interested in societal collapse. This book
-evaluates current theories on the collapse of ancient societies and discusses why they are incomplete in their ability to explain the failure of past civilizations;
-concludes that the population and leadership must have been aware impending collapse at some point, but acted too late to reorganize and sustain their way of life;
-demonstrates the theory through examination of Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Roman, Maya, Inca, and Aztec societies, with implications for contemporary societies.
Number of Pages: 280
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: Archaeology
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Scott A. J. Johnson
Language: English
Street Date: October 7, 2016
TCIN: 31170748
UPC: 9781629582825
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-2682
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