I have found that the best place to learn how economic collapse comes about, is to read and follow how an actual collapse has happened. Fernando Ferfal Aguirre has a very interesting blog I follow. It helps me understand what happens and as a result to be better prepared in the event that the same thing happened here. Check out this post SURVIVING IN ARGENTINA . It shows how Argentina in the early 20th century was one of the richest countries in the world.

He has written an interesting book The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse It addresses the economic collapse and hyper inflation that happened in 2001 and how to be prepared if it happens in your neck of the woods.