William R. Catton, Jr. Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1980.

William R. Catton, Jr. Bottleneck: Humanity’s Impending Impasse. NP: Xlibris, 2009.

Pablo Servigne and Raphaël Stevens. How Everything Can Collapse: A Manual for Our Times. Cambridge, UK: Polity, 2020.

Wes Jackson and Robert Jensen. An Inconvenient Apocalypse: Environmental Collapse, Climate Crisis, and the Fate of Humanity. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2022.

Historical Antecedents

Jared Diamond. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. New York: Penguin, 2005.

Scott A. J. Johnson. Why Did Ancient Civilizations Fail? New York: Routledge, 2017.

Patricia A. McAnny & Norman Yoffee. Questioning Collapse: Human Resilience, Ecological Vulnerability, and the Aftermath of Empire. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Joseph Tainter. The Collapse of Complex Societies. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1988.

Ugo Bardi. The Seneca Effect: Why Growth is Slow but Collapse is Rapid. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2017.

Ugo Bardi. Before the Collapse: A Guide to the Other Side of Growth. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2020.

Articles & Papers

Ugo Bardi, et al. “Towards a General Theory of Societal Collapse: A Biophysical Examination of Tainter’s Model of the Diminishing Returns of Complexity.” BioPhysical Economics and Resource Quality. 4, 3 (2019)

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