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The Dawn of Everything
The Dawn of Everything

The Dawn of Everything

David Graeber - David Wengrow
pubblicato da Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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A trailblazing account of human history, challenging our most fundamental assumptions about social evolutionfrom the development of agriculture and cities to the emergence of "the state," political violence, and social inequalityand revealing new possibilities for human emancipation.

For generations, our remote ancestors have been cast as primitive and childlikeeither free and equal innocents, or thuggish and warlike. Civilization, we are told, could be achieved only by sacrificing those original freedoms or, alternatively, by taming our baser instincts. David Graeber and David Wengrow show how such theories first emerged in the eighteenth century as a conservative reaction to powerful critiques of European society posed by Indigenous observers and intellectuals. Revisiting this encounter has startling implications for how we make sense of human history today, including the origins of farming, property, cities, democracy, slavery, and civilization itself.

Drawing on pathbreaking research in archaeology and anthropology, the authors show how history becomes a far more interesting place once we learn to throw off our conceptual shackles and perceive what's really there. If humans did not spend 95 percent of their evolutionary past in tiny bands of hunter-gatherers, what were they doing all that time? If agriculture, and cities, did not mean a plunge into hierarchy and domination, then what kinds of social and economic organization did they lead to? The answers are often unexpected, and suggest that the course of human history may be less set in stone, and more full of playful, hopeful possibilities, than we tend to assume.

The Dawn of Everything fundamentally transforms our understanding of the human past and offers a path toward imagining new forms of freedom, new ways of organizing society. This is a monumental book of formidable intellectual range, animated by curiosity, moral vision, and a faith in the power of direct action.

Includes Black-and-White Illustrations

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Generi Politica e Società » Sociologia e Antropologia » Antropologia sociale e culturale, etnografia , Scienza e Tecnica » Biologia , Storia e Biografie » Storia: opere generali

Editore Farrar, Straus And Giroux

Formato Ebook (senza DRM)

Pubblicato 09/11/2021

Lingua Inglese

EAN-13 9780374721107

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