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The Dawn of Everything

A New History of Humanity

Gebonden Engels 2021 9780374157357
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A dramatically new understanding of human history, challenging our most fundamental assumptions about social evolution-from the development of agriculture and cities to the origins of the state, democracy, and inequality-and revealing new possibilities for human emancipation.

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.

Includes Black-and-White Illustrations


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Over David Graeber

David Graeber (1961-2020) was hoogleraar antropologie aan de London School of Economics. Hij is auteur van 'Schuld' en 'Bullshit Jobs', en schreef voor onder meer Harper's Magazine en The Guardian. Als iconisch denker en gerenommeerd activist was hij grondlegger van Occupy Wall Street. Hij overleed vlak na het afronden van 'Het begin van alles'.

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Over David Wengrow

David Wengrow (1972) is hoogleraar vergelijkende archeologie aan het Institute of Archeology van University College London en is gasthoogleraar aan de New York University. Hij is de auteur van drie boeken waaronder 'What makes civilization?' en doet archeologisch veldwerk in verschillende delen van Afrika en het Midden-Oosten.

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