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Against the grain : a deep history of the earliest states

Author: James C Scott
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2017 [2017]
Series: Yale agrarian studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An account of all the new and surprising evidence now available for the beginnings of the earliest civilizations that contradict the standard narrative. Why did humans abandon hunting and gathering for sedentary communities dependent on livestock and cereal grains, and governed by precursors of today's states? Most people believe that plant and animal domestication allowed humans, finally, to settle down and form  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James C Scott
ISBN: 9780300182910 0300182910
OCLC Number: 990684513
Description: xvii, 312 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
Contents: A narrative in tatters : what I didn't know --
The domestication of fire, plants, animals, and ... us --
Landscaping the world : the domus complex --
Zoonoses : a perfect epidemiological storm --
Agro-ecology of the early state --
Population control : bondage and war --
Fragility of the early state : collapse as disassembly --
The golden age of the barbarians.
Series Title: Yale agrarian studies.
Responsibility: James C. Scott.

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"[Scott's work] has focussed on a skeptical, peasant's-eye view of state formation. . . . His best-known book, Seeing Like a State, has become a touchstone for political scientists, and amounts to a Read more...

 
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