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The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity

The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity (Hardback)

By Graeber, David
By Wengrow, David

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For generations, our remote ancestors have been cast as primitive and childlike ? either 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. D...avid 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? What was really happening during the periods that we usually describe as the emergence of the state ? 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.
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ISBN 9780241402429
Released NZ 16 Dec 2021
Publisher Penguin
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780241402429
Stock Available
Status In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Allen Lane
Released 16 Dec 2021
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
 › 3 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Graeber, David
By Wengrow, David
Category World History
Social & Cultural History
Prehistoric Archaeology
Social & Cultural Anthropology
Evolution
Number of Pages 704
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 45mm
Dewey Code 909
Weight 921g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Civilization - History
NBS Text Sociology & Anthropology: Professional
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;General/trade

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