RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 426794447 LA English T1 Debt : the first 5,000 years A1 Graeber, David., PB Melville House PP Brooklyn, N.Y. YR 2011 SN 9781933633862 1933633867 9781612191294 1612191290 AB Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a reversal of conventional wisdom. He shows that 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 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.