The Dawn of Everything

The Dawn of Everything A New History of Humanity

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Synopsis

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. 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 path-breaking research in archaeology and anthropology, the authors show how history becomes a far more interesting place once we learn to throw off our shackles and perceive what's really there.

Book information

ISBN: 9780241402429
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Allen Lane
Pub date:
DEWEY: 909
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 6044
Number of pages: 608
Weight: 750g
Height: 240mm
Width: 156mm
Spine width: 40mm