Friday, 21 September 2012

History Books Review has moved

After 4 years on Blogger I've decided it is time to start hosting my own blog.  I've moved all the content from here to a new, though similar, domain.

I'll be gradually reducing the posts here to stubs linking to what from now on will be the main blog. I hope you enjoy the change.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Collapse by Jared Diamond

Easter Island is famously one of the remotest places in the world.  It is also famous for its huge statues.  They are both relics of and key components of one of the most haunting of tales of environmental destruction.  The inhabitants of Easter Island arrived by boat and created a unique culture, of which the erection of their statues was a key part.  But this culture was not sustainable.  It required the use of large quantities of wood, and over a few centuries all the wood was used up.