The Olmec decline is blamed on environmental changes caused by volcanic eruptions, earthquakes.
You are trying to bring it all down to one cause, trying to simplify it way to much. Besides bringing it all down to greed and moral decline is a bit too easy. Sorry but I don't agree with you on this.
Im glad that beside Swede, checker and Raven , one gerat poster join to debate, you. Sorry but actually you say that is only one reason-climate change.
Natural catastrophe are never reason of the fall of civilization. I stated that civilization ALWAYS fall due complex reasons. There isnt only one reason. There are always few reasons which differs from culture and civilization. But one that persist and its pattern are: Greed and social turmoil.
There are few examples where this isnt case but historians for those still dont know reasons. Natural catastrophe often get people togheter to work, often unity appears. Look example of USA. Did huricanes cause decline in USA?
You mentioned Minoans. Their decline is mystery. There eruption dont have nothing with their decline. Minoans were not only in Akrotiri. Only Akrotiri was destroyed. Minoans lived 200 years after eruption, meaning that isnt reason of their decline. Those historians who claim it is , have outdated stance.
They possibly decline because decline of Hittite empire. Minoans were small. They depend on trade. Hittite fall then Minoans fall.
But why bronze age civilization fall in europe is mystery. No one know right answer.
Myceanaens were third world country to Mesopotamia and Egypt, China, Harappans, Peru in this moment.
Now I said, climate just push things up, but Vikings were on their decline.
They ruined themselves.
When they arrived on Grenland it was green. So Vikings start to harvest natural goods.
Birds, fish, grass, wild life. Vikings start to enjoy. with that enjoyment they ruin envoirment.
When they came they burn wood for pasture land. They start destroying nature plant life, ground erossion, cutting green lawn. Cut trees for building and fire. Trees coudnt regenerate because on that area livestock was walking. And Vikings cut them. Vikings felt strong,secured.
Small climate change happened and Viking colony on Grenland disappear. Atleast thats how physiologists Jared Diamond describe it in book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. He written well known book Guns, Germs, and Steel,Why Is Sex Fun and The Third Chimpanzee.
Anyway greed lead to collapse. Bad decisions of elites.
Climate did effect Inuits there too. But they persist. Vikings were stubborn. They were not flexible.
Bad historians somehow like Atlantis scenario. Thats irony.
Edited by the L, 16 January 2013 - 11:36 AM.