Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States by James C. Scott

By James C. Scott

An account of all of the new and outstanding proof now on hand for the beginnings of the earliest civilizations that contradict the traditional narrative

Why did people abandon looking and accumulating for sedentary groups depending on farm animals and cereal grains, and ruled via precursors of today’s states? most folk think that plant and animal domestication allowed people, eventually, to cool down and shape agricultural villages, cities, and states, which made attainable civilization, legislations, public order, and a most likely safe approach to life. yet archaeological and old proof demanding situations this narrative. the 1st agrarian states, says James C. Scott, have been born of accumulations of domestications: first hearth, then crops, farm animals, matters of the country, captives, and eventually ladies within the patriarchal family—all of which might be considered as a fashion of gaining keep an eye on over reproduction.

Scott explores why we refrained from sedentism and plow agriculture, some great benefits of cellular subsistence, the unforeseeable ailment epidemics bobbing up from crowding vegetation, animals, and grain, and why all early states are in line with millets and cereal grains and unfree exertions. He additionally discusses the “barbarians” who lengthy kept away from country keep watch over, as a fashion of knowing carrying on with rigidity among states and nonsubject peoples.

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