By Gyles Iannone
The nice Maya Droughts in Cultural Context offers new insights into the advanced sequence of occasions that impacted the decline of Maya civilization. this crucial contribution to our more and more finished figuring out of historical Maya tradition should be of curiosity to scholars and students of archaeology, anthropology, geography, and environmental studies.
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All three chapters emphasize that because of the centers’ locations on large rivers and high annual rainfall, too much rain may have been more of a problem than not enough. Equally significant is that the problems in these kingdoms appear to have started earlier than the projected drought of the middle eighth century AD, as early as AD 730, if not before. These researchers also demonstrate that the collapse trajectories in these regions are marked by considerable warfare and by violence toward elite members of society, including ruling families.
Part I—which includes the current introduction, along with Chapters 2–4—focuses on key issues, concepts, and definitions relating to the study of coupled socioecological systems, the “collapse” of complex societies, and the I ntroduction 11 potential impacts of droughts. The current chapter has focused specifically on theoretical issues surrounding resilience theory, broadly construed. These ideas help frame many of the discussions found throughout the volume. Chapter 2, by Aimers and Iannone, provides a critical evaluation of the concept of collapse, and useful suggestions as to not only what we mean by the term but how it can be applied appropriately, and effectively, in our research into the long-term dynamics of coupled socioecological systems.
D. Chase and A. Chase 2004b:26; Rice and Rice 2004). On the other hand, the terminological debate also centers on two very different perspectives on what a collapse actually entails. , McAnany and Yoffee 2010a). Defined in such a way, the concept of collapse becomes a “straw man” that is easily toppled, given that it is impossible for such a complete and rapid eradication of a cultural system to ever have occurred (Strickland 2011:16). , as noted above, changes that have negative impacts on human welfare) that are more dramatic than the normal oscillations characteristic of any sociocultural developmental sequence (as discussed previously).
The Great Maya Droughts in Cultural Context: Case Studies in Resilience and Vulnerability by Gyles Iannone