Amongst the Ruins: Why Civilizations Collapse and Communities Disappear

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Amongst the Ruins: Why Civilizations Collapse and Communities Disappear
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Amongst the Ruins explores the loss of ancient civilisations, the collapse of ruling elites and the disappearance of more recent communities and their local traditions. Some of these are now sealed under 3,000-year-old peat, others lost to rising seas or sands, and the carcasses of 20th-century buildings which serve as reminders of the destructive power of war.

These compelling stories of fallen or lost places are brought together through themes of war, climate change, natural hazards, human self-destruction and simple economics. From the ice of the Arctic fringe, through to the desert landscapes of north Africa, by way of South America's high mountains and Southeast Asia's urban sprawl, Amongst the Ruins charts the rise and fall of places and communities around the world, the fascinating characters associated with them and the important events that punctuate their history. Exploring wide-ranging examples from prehistory to the present day, John Darlington challenges us to recognise past failures and identify what we need to do to protect the cultures of our current world.

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9780300259285
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Hardcover
Publication Date: 
April 25, 2023