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The Collapse of Complex Societies - New Studies in Archaeology (Paperback)
  • The Collapse of Complex Societies - New Studies in Archaeology (Paperback)

The Collapse of Complex Societies - New Studies in Archaeology (Paperback)

Paperback 262 Pages / Published: 29/03/1990
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Any 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.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521386739
Number of pages: 262
Weight: 536 g
Dimensions: 247 x 174 x 15 mm

'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

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