Jared Diamond credit Jochen Braun

Jared Diamond

How Do Nations Cope with Crisis and Change?

Festival of Ideas/
Sun 02 June 2019
11:00-12:00
St George's Bristol
Price: £10/ £8

Jared Diamond

How Do Nations Cope with Crisis and Change?

Jared Diamond credit Jochen Braun
Sun 02 June 2019,
11:00-12:00
St George's Bristol
Price: £10/ £8

In his landmark international bestsellers Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse, Jared Diamond transformed our understanding of what makes civilisations rise and fall. Now he reveals how successful nations recover from crisis.

He discusses how countries have survived defining upheavals in the recent past – from the forced opening up of Japan and the Soviet invasion of Finland to the Pinochet regime in Chile – through selective change, a process of painful self-appraisal and adaptation more commonly associated with personal trauma.

Looking ahead to the future, he investigates whether the US, and the world, are squandering their natural advantages and are on a devastating path towards catastrophe. Is this fate inevitable? Or can we still learn from the lessons of the past to make nations more resilient?

Image credit Jochen Braun.

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