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Author Graeber, David.

Title Debt : the first 5,000 years / david graeber.

Publication Info. BROOKLYN, NY : MELVILLE House, 2012.


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Edition First Melville House pbk.
Description 534 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
text txt rdacontent
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volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 455-492) and index.
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) -- The Beginning of Something Yet to Be Determined (1971-present).
Summary Before there was money, there was debt. Every economics textbook tells the same story: money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter systems - to relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market. The problem with this version of history? There's not a shred of evidence to support it. Here acclaimed anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom. He shows that for 5,000 years, since 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 that we first encounter societies divided into debtors and creditors. Ever since, arguments about debt and debt forgiveness have been at the center of political debate from Italy to China - as well as sparking innumerable insurrections. Indeed, the language of the ancient works of law and religion (words like "guilt," "sin," and "redemption") derive from these ancient and nearly forgotten debates about debt, and shape even our most basic ideas of right and wrong. Without knowing it, Graeber writes, we are still fighting these battles today. -- Book Cover
Subject Debt -- History.
Money -- History.
Financial crises -- History.
Debt. (OCoLC)fst00888768
Financial crises. (OCoLC)fst00924607
Money. (OCoLC)fst01025265
Schulden. (DE-588)4053461-3
Geld. (DE-588)4019889-3
Finanzkrise. (DE-588)7635855-0
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9781612191294 (pbk.)
1612191290 (pbk.)

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