History rarely as simple as rhetoric

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    Archaeologists Find Clues to Viking Mystery
    By Günther Stockinger

    Archaeologists Uncover Clues to Why Vikings Abandoned Greenland - SPIEGEL ONLINE

    For years, researchers have puzzled over why Viking descendents abandoned Greenland in the late 15th century. But archaeologists now believe that economic and identity issues, rather than starvation and disease, drove them back to their ancestral homes.

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    Jared Diamond covered much of this in his book, "Collapse".

    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Collapse-Societies-Choose-Succeed-Revised/dp/0143117009]Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed: Revised Edition: Jared Diamond: 9780143117001: Amazon.com: Books[/ame]
     
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    Intersting, maritime trade had ceased by the middle of the LIA, too hazardous for the reward? Either way, the cold certainly made for a bleak life as evidenced by the other colonies and the homelands themselves populations leaving the northern climes for Normandy and Sicily and other spots in the Med.

    The lack of gold is no indication of anything however, gold and silver were very rare in Europe, Roman coins were still being used up to the High middle Ages.
     
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    I'm most familiar with his "Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies" - [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Guns-Germs-Steel-Fates-Societies/dp/0393317552/ref=la_B000AQ01ZS_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1358403383&sr=1-2]Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies: Jared M. Diamond: 9780393317558: Amazon.com: Books[/ame]

    I've got Collapse, but for some reason I can't recall a lot of details about it, I'll go back through it this weekend - Thanks for the memory jog, I often get so busy between trying to keep everything running smoothly that my pleasure reading time becomes very sporadic.
     

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