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  • Author:
    William H. Kotke
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While the thrust of the life of the planet is to increase complexity (diversity) and maximize energy circulation (sharing), the thrust of Empire is to simplify In the second part of the book, he points out that humans have lived upon the earth for a very long time and it is only very recently that we appear to have.

The materialistic values of civilization teach us that the accumulation of wealth is progress. He traces the environmental scars of civilization through the ages

The materialistic values of civilization teach us that the accumulation of wealth is progress. The material wealth of the civilization is derived from the death of the earth, the soils, the forests, the fish stocks, the 'free resources' of flora and fauna. He traces the environmental scars of civilization through the ages. Empire after empire, desertification of the top soil winds its way around the globe in an erosive helix from China to India to Mesopotamia to Italy to North America. As radical as it may seem at first glance, The Final Empire is a necessary and sensible primer for the recovery of the planet.

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William H. Koetke: The Final Empire: The Collapse of Civilization and The Seed of the Future.

What I failed to mention is that Kotke wrote this book in 1993 which makes its contents all the more momentous. But King was assassinated, and only part of his vision has been fulfilled

What I failed to mention is that Kotke wrote this book in 1993 which makes its contents all the more momentous. Likewise, his vision of alternative communities based on the principles of natural culture was ahead of its time in terms of defining how humans need to live in relationship with the more-than-human world. But King was assassinated, and only part of his vision has been fulfilled. In the case of the collapse of civilization, cataclysm could result in the extinction of humans, and subsequently, millennia may be necessary for the earth to restore itself. So why have a vision?

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Empire after empire, desertification of the top soil winds its way around the globe in an erosive helix from China to India to Mesopotamia to Italy to North America. Dan Armstrong, Author of the Novels, Prairie Fire and Taming the Dragon.

What can this tell us about the future of global modern civilisation? . The collapse of our civilisation is not inevitable.

Despite the abundance of books and articles, we don’t have a conclusive explanation as to why civilisations collapse. What we do know is this: the factors highlighted above can all contribute.

The Year Civilization Collapsed is a 2014 book about ancient history by Eric H. Cline. It was published in 2014 by Princeton University Press

The Year Civilization Collapsed is a 2014 book about ancient history by Eric H. It was published in 2014 by Princeton University Press

In spite of its tough message, there is much compassion and humanity in The Final Empire. Right away as you begin to read this work, you sense increasingly the grand perspective in Kötke's words. He is not speaking of anarchy. He is offering vital common sense. It's just that his meaning is so unavoidably political. And so much against what we have been taught all our lives: The materialistic values of civilization teach us that the accumulation of wealth is progress. The material wealth of the civilization is derived from the death of the earth, the soils, the forests, the fish stocks, the 'free resources' of flora and fauna. The ultimate end of this is for all human species to live in giant parasitical cities of cement and metal while surrounded by deserts of exhausted soils. The simple polar opposites are: the richness and wealth of the natural life of earth versus the material wealth of people living out their lives in artificial environments. This amounts to a direct challenge to humankind. A demand for radical change. A re-envisioning of our part in the community of life and the precepts of individuality. And Mr. Kötke provides a strong argument for this case. He traces the environmental scars of civilization through the ages. Empire after empire, desertification of the top soil winds its way around the globe in an erosive helix from China to India to Mesopotamia to Italy to North America. As radical as it may seem at first glance, The Final Empire is a necessary and sensible primer for the recovery of the planet. It blends a critical statistical analysis of our deteriorating environment with a positivism of hope for a post-empire age and a new whole-human relation to the living community of Earth. Dan Armstrong, Author of the Novels, Prairie Fire and Taming the Dragon

Light out of Fildon
This is a most classic eco-warrior tome. I have owned it for a very long time now, the '90s.
All I can tell you is the author not only knows what he is talking about scientifically,
but lives the life - he walks the walk. We need to learn these lessons and stop the pursuit
of "wealth" from destroying us and all life on this wonderful home of ours. People take care
of their own houses, but not the house that we all live in ! If this book was published by the
large, corporate publisher house, I expect it would have sold many more copies. All I can
suggest is you buy a copy - there's much to be learned here.
Not-the-Same
This is a beautifully written book, hard to put down once you get started. I find it incredible that there are so few reviews.
Perhaps the title doesn't do it justice. What I found inside this thick tome is a condensed education on the process of Life itself. I felt as if I had stumbled into a college class where the professor was explaining all the vital information that had been left out of the rest of the curriculum.

It's not very often that an author can write knowledgeably and clearly on the subjects of geography, politics, biology, earth science, psychology, religion, philosophy, history, agriculture, and anthropology (just to get started!), and in the process make out of it all a unified, coherent picture of reality. I'm amazed by Kotke's breadth of knowledge and his ability to communicate what he knows. I'm even more amazed at his conclusions. My reaction to every section is "of course, why didn't I see that before?" Chapter builds upon chapter, culminating in a grand overview, similar to seeing the planet from outer space.

The first part of the book delivers an eye-opening review of the effect of Civilization on Land. Surprisingly, Kotke doesn't start by criticizing modern industrial agriculture, but goes right back to the ancient empires in the middle east.
"While the thrust of the life of the planet is to increase complexity (diversity) and maximize energy circulation (sharing), the thrust of Empire is to simplify. "

Although the effect of Civilization has been to deplete ecosystems for a long time, Kotke isn't at all pessimistic.. In the second part of the book, he points out that humans have lived upon the earth for a very long time and it is only very recently that we appear to have lost our way. There are many encouraging developments that have appeared in recent years, notably the interest in permaculture and sustainable agriculture. Although our unique abilities may have contributed to damaging our home, these same abilities can also be put to use in regenerating the living world and bringing about beneficial changes in our culture as well.

This book, along with Ishmael by Daniel Quinn and The One Straw Revolution will go on my "read again" shelf. Thank you William Kotke!
Rollers from Abdun
This is an incredibly well documented and prophetic book. Prophetic in the sense that when I first read it over ten years ago, I was skeptical of many predictions. They have all turned out to come true. This book is indigenous and inspiring in the sense that it offers practical earth friendly strategies that affirm the possibility that man is part OF nature, not apart FROM it. Such a realization is necessary for the human being to continue to be participate in life in the future.

Not watered down, but rather direct to the point. Well written! Real history and facts, vitally relevant, and hence empowering! Good medicine for all earthlings. A powerful gift! Thanks Bill! We love you!
Arcanefire
William Kotke presents and incredibly comprehensive, detailed, and well structured look at the patterns of empire's ascent and collapse throughout history. Gathering the clues and assembling them into a vivid picture of the common denominators between all of them and illustrating the signs that put our present day society in peril of repeating their mistakes. Kotke continues to present and ascribe solutions for avoiding the cataclysm that appears to await us and especially the younger generations should we thoughtlessly continue in our comsumptive addictions.The Final Empire: The Collapse of Civilization and the Seed of the Future
Shalinrad
This is flat-out the best exposition of our socio-ecological troubles and a penetrating exploration of solutions as revealed in biology and indigenous populations who have adapted to achieve harmony in nature. The human psyche needs to exist in a balance within communities that enrich both human and natural resources rather than oppressively extracting them in destructive processes in feckless pursuit of abstract "profits".
Fordrekelv
I read this book in the early 90's and am again trying to locate a copy. This was an excellently researched book about early civilizations and their eventual collapse. I would recommend the book to anyone interested in this topic.
Tantil
One of the most important books in the world right now. The Great Mystery lead you here...now do the work.
I've read many of the anti civ books..but this one tops them all in terms of depth and scope..great read!