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|ISBN:||9781933633862 1933633867 9781612191294 1612191290|
|Description:||534 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm|
|Contents:||On the experience of moral confusion --
The myth of barter --
Primordial debts --
Cruelty and redemption --
A brief treatise on the moral grounds of economic relations --
Games with sex and death --
Honor and degradation, or, on the foundations of contemporary civilization --
Credit versus bullion, and the cycles of history --
The axial age (800 BC --
600 AD) --
The middle ages (600 AD --
1450 AD) --
Age of the great capitalist empires (1450-1971) --
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 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. Without knowing it, we are still fighting these battles today.
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This book led me to re-think some of the fundamental aspects I have always thought our modern society is based upon: the basis of the current monetary system, market economies, the illusion of barter markets and most fundamentaly the way that debt is intertwined into the fabric of human...
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- Debt -- History.
- Money -- History.
- Financial crises -- History.
- Dettes -- Histoire.
- Monnaie -- Histoire.
- Crises financières -- Histoire.
- Financial crises.
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