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Debt : the first 5,000 years /

Before there was money, there was debt Every economics textbook says the same thing: 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 anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom. He shows that for more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of 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, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors. Graeber shows that arguments about debt and debt forgiveness have been at the center of political debates from Italy to China, as well as sparking innumerable insurrections. He also brilliantly demonstrates that the language of the ancient works of law and religion (words like "guilt," "sin," and "redemption") derive in large part from ancient debates about debt, and shape even our most basic ideas of right and wrong. We are still fighting these battles today without knowing it. Debt: The First 5,000 Years is a fascinating chronicle of this little known history'as well as how it has defined human history, and what it means for the credit crisis of the present day and the future of our economy. From the Hardcover edition.

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  • "Before there was money, there was debt Every economics textbook says the same thing: 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 anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom. He shows that for more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of 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, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors. Graeber shows that arguments about debt and debt forgiveness have been at the center of political debates from Italy to China, as well as sparking innumerable insurrections. He also brilliantly demonstrates that the language of the ancient works of law and religion (words like "guilt," "sin," and "redemption") derive in large part from ancient debates about debt, and shape even our most basic ideas of right and wrong. We are still fighting these battles today without knowing it. Debt: The First 5,000 Years is a fascinating chronicle of this little known history'as well as how it has defined human history, and what it means for the credit crisis of the present day and the future of our economy. From the Hardcover edition."@en
  • "Debt: The First 5,000 Years is a fascinating chronicle of this little known historyùas well as how it has defined human history, and what it means for the credit crisis of the present day and the future of our economy. --Book Jacket."@en
  • "Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a reversal of conventional wisdom. He shows that for more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of 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, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors. --"
  • "Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom: he shows that before there was money, there was debt. For more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of 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, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors."
  • "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)."
  • "Graeber shows that arguments about debt and debt forgiveness have been at the center of political debates from Italy to China, as well as sparking innumerable insurrections. He also demonstrates that the language of the ancient works of law and religion (words like "guilt," "sin," and "redemption") derive in large part from ancient debates about debt, and shape even our most basic ideas of right and wrong. Without knowing it, we are still fighting these battles today. --"
  • "Graeber shows that arguments about debt and debt forgiveness have been at the center of political debates from Italy to China, as well as sparking innumerable insurrections. He also brilliantly demonstrates that the language of the ancient works of law and religion (words like "guilt," "sin," and "redemption") derive in large part from ancient debates about debt, and shape even our most basic ideas of right and wrong. Without knowing it, we are still fighting these battles today."@en
  • "Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom. He shows that for more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goodsùthat is, long before the invention of coins or cash. It is in this era, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors."@en
  • "De Amerikaanse antropoloog en anarchist onderzoekt de historische betekenis van het begrip 'schuld' en weerlegt de mythe dat geld werd bedacht om het oudere systeem van ruilhandel te vervangen. Hij constateert namelijk dat ruilhandel, betaling met munten en kredietsystemen met virtueel geld elkaar in de geschiedenis afwisselden. Geld werd rekeneenheid voor schulden en zo veranderde 'schuld' van een moreel begrip in een financiële term, waarmee onze samenleving werd verdeeld in schuldeisers en schuldenaars. Vanuit dit perspectief benadert Graeber de huidige kredietcrisis en de toekomst van ons economisch systeem."

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