Are the potato famine and the revolutions of 1848 an example for the fragility of the modern world?

Cascading catastrophe from food to society

Recently I came across the potato famine and how it contributed or even caused the revolutions of 1848. I wondered if this is an good example to show how cascading failures lead from an natural event to an agricultural crisis, to an economic crisis, to an financial crisis and finally... [Read More]

The end of the Bronze Age as an example of a sudden collapse of civilization

Why did the Bronze Age end with a bang?

Why do civilizations collapse? For some civilizational collapses in the past there is one striking event that leads to a quick end, like environmental damage for the people on the Easter Islands. For other civilizations, several causes interact with each other, as it happened for the Maya, where environmental damage,... [Read More]