As it ever has been, collapse of trade networks, cultural breakdown and internecine strife all pose the largest dangers of a Dark Age, all the more because there won’t be any one dramatic incident to defend against or prepare for, but a series of crises and interlocking problems. If the solutions to these crises come quickly enough, if the turmoil brings down enough of the old systems without leading to utter devastation, we just might get another Renaissance.

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