THE DAWN OF EVERYTHING

A NEW HISTORY OF HUMANITY
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Inglés
Número de páginas: 
704
Dimensiones: 233 cm × 157 cm × 0 cm
Fecha de publicación: 
2021
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ISBN: 
978-0-374-15735-7

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 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.

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GRAEBER, DAVID

David Graeber es doctor en Antropología y profesor del Goldsmiths College de Londres. Tiene un largo historial de activismo y compromiso político y entre su vasta bibliografía destaca el libro, ?Lost People: Magic and the Legacy of Slavery in Madagascar? sobre la organización asamblearia de un pueblo de Madagascar, obra de cabecera del movimiento Occupy Wall Street, del que Graeber es uno de sus líderes intelectuales. Colabora habitualmente en medios como The Nation, Mute, The New Left Review y Harper?s. En 2006, la London School of Economics le reconoció como ?un destacado antropólogo que ha transformado radicalmente el estudio de la cultura?.

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