Why civilisations collapse

Print edition : May 02, 2014

The Roman Empire is a prime example of societies that reached very advanced levels of civilisation only to end in an abrupt and precipitous collapse, which lasted for centuries. Seen here is the arch of Caracalla, one of the relics of the Roman Empire, in the town of Djemila in Algeria. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

A study identifies over-exploitation of natural resources and economic disparity as two factors causing the collapse of civilisations and says the modern civilisation too is similarly vulnerable.
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