Free Shipping on Order Over $60
AfterPay Available
Reflections on the Fall of Modern Civilisation

Reflections on the Fall of Modern Civilisation

by Francis Vairley
Publication Date: 12/11/2013
Civilisations have come and gone over the past eight thousand years, some lasting longer, others more briefly. Modern Civilisation, launched through the European Enlightenment some three hundred years ago, has been driven increasingly by an obsession with Progress and Development. The harnessing of fossil hydrocarbons drove forward processes of industrialisation, urbanisation and latterly globalisation that are inherently unsustainable. Now that the easily accessible fossil energy resources are approaching a terminal decline, we find ourselves at a fatal juncture, poised to return to a simpler life of modest energy requirements, but threatened also by - possibly catastrophic - environmental damage resulting from modern development.

Why do we find ourselves in such an untenable situation? Reflections on the Fall of Modern Civilization analyses why and how this condition came about and suggests how we can reinterpret at a basic level what human life is really all about. This discusses technical means and changes in attitudes and consciousness that might help the emerging generation to transition to a truly sustainable and a deeply satisfying life for all, transcending the problems and conflicts embedded in the very notion of Civilisation.

About the Author

Born during the Second World War and raised in England, Switzerland and Germany, Francis Vairley has spent much of his life travelling and working in all the world's continents. From the late 1970s, whilst teaching graduate students in urban, regional and environmental planning, he engaged with the Green Movement. Working with many actors from international agencies to local governments and people's organisations he helped to devise environmental and social management programmes and projects, latterly focusing on local economic development in informal economies in Asia and Latin America. Although retired as an academic, Francis continues his work with International Agencies and Transition Initiatives dividing his time with family, friends and communities between homes in Europe, Asia and North America.
Social & political philosophy
Publication Date:
Legend Press Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Dimensions (mm):

This title is in stock with our Australian supplier and arrives at our Sydney warehouse within 10-15 working days of you placing an order.

Once received into our warehouse we will despatch it to you with a Shipping Notification which includes online tracking.

Please check the estimated delivery times below for your region, for after your order is despatched from our warehouse:

ACT Metro  2 working days

NSW Metro  2 working days

NSW Rural  2 - 3 working days

NSW Remote  2 - 5 working days

NT Metro  3 - 6 working days

NT Remote  4 - 10 working days

QLD Metro  2 - 4 working days

QLD Rural  2 - 5 working days

QLD Remote  2 - 7 working days

SA Metro  2 - 5 working days

SA Rural  3 - 6 working days

SA Remote  3 - 7 working days

TAS Metro  3 - 6 working days

TAS Rural  3 - 6 working days

VIC Metro  2 - 3 working days

VIC Rural  2 - 4 working days

VIC Remote  2 - 5 working days

WA Metro  3 - 6 working days

WA Rural  4 - 8 working days

WA Remote  4 - 12 working days

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review Reflections on the Fall of Modern Civilisation.