Against the Grain : A Deep History of the Earliest States
by James C. Scott
Editor: Yale University Press
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An account of all the new and surprising evidence now available for the beginnings of early civilizations that contradicts the standard narrative why humans do not abandon hunting and gathering for sedentary communities depend on livestock and cereals and are governed by the precursors of today’s states.Most people believe that vegetal and animal domestication has allowed humans, finally, to settle and form farming villages, cities and states, making civilization possible, right, public order and probably a safe way of life.But the archaeological and historical evidence contests this narrativeThe first agrarian states, says James, were born from accumulations of domestication: first fire, then plants, animals, state subjects, captives and finally women in the patriarchal-all family which can be seen as a means of obtaining a more reproductive control.Scott explores why we avoided the sedentarism and ploughing of agriculture, the mobile livelihood benefits, the unpredictable disease epidemics resulting from the overcrowding of plants, animals and cereals, and all the early states rely on millet and cereal seeds and other labor.It also addresses the “barbarians” who have long escaped state control as a continuing understanding of tension between states and non-target populations.
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