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  Demystifying Collapse: climate, environment, and social agency in pre-modern societies

Haldon, J., Chase, A. F., Eastwood, W., Medina-Elizalde, M., Izdebski, A., Ludlow, F., et al. (2020). Demystifying Collapse: climate, environment, and social agency in pre-modern societies. Millennium. Jahrbuch zu Kultur und Geschichte des ersten Jahrtausends n. Chr., 0002. doi:10.1515/mill-2020-0002.

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Haldon, John, Author
Chase, Arlen F., Author
Eastwood, Warren, Author
Medina-Elizalde, Martin, Author
Izdebski, Adam1, Author              
Ludlow, Francis, Author
Middleton, Guy, Author
Mordechai, Lee, Author
Nesbitt, Jason, Author
II, B.L. Turner, Author
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1Palaeo-Science and History, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society, ou_2600691              

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 Abstract: Collapse is a term that has attracted much attention in social science literature in recent years, but there remain substantial areas of disagreement about how it should be understood in historical contexts. More specifically, the use of the term collapse often merely serves to dramatize long-past events, to push human actors into the background, and to mystify the past intellectually. At the same time, since human societies are complex systems, the alternative involves grasping the challenges that a holistic analysis presents, taking account of the many different levels and paces at which societies function, and developing appropriate methods that help to integrate science and history. Often neglected elements in considerations of collapse are the perceptions and beliefs of a historical society and how a given society deals with change; an important facet of this, almost entirely ignored in the discussion, is the understanding of time held by the individuals and social groups affected by change; and from this perspective ‘collapse’ depends very much on perception, including the perceptions of the modern commentator. With this in mind, this article challenges simplistic notions of ‘collapse’ in an effort to encourage a more nuanced understanding of the impact and process of both social and environmental change on past human societies.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2020-11-09
 Publication Status: Published online
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 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1515/mill-2020-0002
Other: shh2782
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Title: Millennium. Jahrbuch zu Kultur und Geschichte des ersten Jahrtausends n. Chr.
  Other : Millennium. Yearbook on the Culture and History of the First Millennium C.E.
  Abbreviation : Mill
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Publ. Info: Berlin [u.a.] : de Gruyter
Pages: - Volume / Issue: - Sequence Number: 0002 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 1867-030X
ISSN: 1867-0318
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/1867-030X