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Title   Against the Grain : A Deep History of the First Civilizations 

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Author   SCOTT James C  ISBN   9780300182910  Add to shopping cart   
Publisher   Yale University Press  Group   Sci/Hum. View shopping cart
Binding   Hardback Category   Anthropology  Terms and conditions
Edition   1 Type   Go back
Publication Year   2017 
Subject   Political science & theory 
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Synopsis 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?'. The first agrarian states, says James C. Scott, were born of accumulations of domestications: first fire, then plants, livestock, subjects of the state, captives, and finally women in the patriarchal family - all of which can be viewed as a way of gaining control over reproduction. Scott explores why we avoided sedentism and plow agriculture, the advantages of mobile subsistence, the unforeseeable disease epidemics arising from crowding plants, animals, and grain, and why all early states are based on millets and cereal grains and unfree labor.

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