Debt : The First 5000 Years

Debt : The First 5000 Years

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Now in paperback, the updated and expanded edition: David Graeber's "fresh . . . fascinating . . . thought-provoking . . . and exceedingly timely" (Financial Times) history of debt Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom: he shows that before there was money, there was debt. For more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods--that is, long before the invention of coins or cash. It is in this era, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors. Graeber shows that arguments about debt and debt forgiveness have been at the center of political debates from Italy to China, as well as sparking innumerable insurrections. He also brilliantly demonstrates that the language of the ancient works of law and religion (words like "guilt," "sin," and "redemption") derive in large part from ancient debates about debt, and shape even our most basic ideas of right and wrong. We are still fighting these battles today without knowing it.


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Details

Author(s)
David Graeber
Format
Paperback | 548 pages
Dimensions
142 x 212 x 40.64mm | 516g
Publication date
06 Nov 2014
Publisher
Melville House Publishing
Publication City/Country
Brooklyn, United States
Language
English
Edition
Revised
Edition Statement
2nd Revised edition
ISBN10
1612194192
ISBN13
9781612194196
Bestsellers rank
5,948