Collapse of Complex Societies
In this seminar we will examine how and why historically complex societies have failed. We will explore the roles of population pressure, environmental degradation, warfare, and other factors in the collapse of such ancient urban societies as the Classic Maya, Chaco, and the Roman Empire. Likewise, we will explore how societies seemingly well-adapted to their geographic environments, such as the Vikings in Greenland, ultimately succumbed to extinction. Reviewing academic and popular explanations for societal collapse worldwide, we will ultimately engage the modern era and investigate the fragility of contemporary societies.
- Fall 2013
- Munroe Hall 111(MNR 111)
- 12:15pm-1:30pm on Monday, Wednesday (Sep 9, 2013 to Dec 6, 2013)
- James Fitzsimmons
- First Year Seminar
- First-Year Seminar Program
- Requirements Fulfilled:
- CW HIS SOC
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