The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization (Google eBook)

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Island Press, Apr 16, 2010 - Political Science - 448 pages
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Environmental disasters. Terrorist wars. Energy scarcity. Economic failure. Is this the world's inevitable fate, a downward spiral that ultimately spells the collapse of societies? Perhaps, says acclaimed author Thomas Homer-Dixon - or perhaps these crises can actually lead to renewal for ourselves and planet earth.

The Upside of Down takes the reader on a mind-stretching tour of societies' management, or mismanagement, of disasters over time. From the demise of ancient Rome to contemporary climate change, this spellbinding book analyzes what happens when multiple crises compound to cause what the author calls "synchronous failure." But, crisis doesn't have to mean total global calamity. Through catagenesis, or creative, bold reform in the wake of breakdown, it is possible to reinvent our future.

Drawing on the worlds of archeology, poetry, politics, science, and economics, The Upside of Down is certain to provoke controversy and stir imaginations across the globe. The author's wide-ranging expertise makes his insights and proposals particularly acute, as people of all nations try to grapple with how we can survive tomorrow's inevitable shocks to our global system. There is no guarantee of success, but there are ways to begin thinking about a better world, and The Upside of Down is the ideal place to start thinking.




  

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Review: The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization

User Review  - MJ - Goodreads

I have extremely mixed feelings about this book. Homer-Dixon is writing about the secular end of the world. It is his belief that civilization's own success is the source for a series of unfortunately ... Read full review

Review: The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization

User Review  - Tw Jenkins - Goodreads

Enjoy this as much as Ingenuity Gap Read full review

Contents

prologue Firestorm
1
one Tectonic Stresses
9
two A Keystone in Time
31
three We Are like Running Water
57
four So Long Cheap Slaves
77
six Flesh of the Land
129
seven Closing the Windows
153
eight No Equilibrium
177
nine Cycles within Cycles
207
ten Disintegration
235
eleven Catagenesis
265
The Last Rock
297
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Thomas Homer-Dixon is Director of the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He is author of the acclaimed books The Ingenuity Gap (Knopf, 2001) and Environment, Scarcity, and Violence (Princeton University Press, 1999).

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