Have societies in collapse ever bounced back from catastrophic ruination? What constitutes collapse in a society? What if a society was never rich in any of the trappings of civilization; that the nature of that society was merely covered over with a thin veneer of civilization? Obviously I'm talking about total devastation of a society. History is replete with disaster overtaking civilization. None ever made it back although I can think of one. The one that made it just keeps on bouncing back. In fact, one might argue that it never collapsed.