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Against the grain : a deep history of the earliest states, James C. Scott

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Against the grain : a deep history of the earliest states
Title
Against the grain
Title remainder
a deep history of the earliest states
Statement of responsibility
James C. Scott
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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? Most people believe that plant and animal domestication allowed humans, finally, to settle down and form agricultural villages, towns, and states, which made possible civilization, law, public order, and a presumably secure way of living. But archaeological and historical evidence challenges this narrative. 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. He also discusses the "barbarians" who long evaded state control, as a way of understanding continuing tension between states and nonsubject peoples
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Cataloging source
ERASA
Dewey number
900
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
GN799.A4
LC item number
S285 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Yale agrarian studies
Label
Against the grain : a deep history of the earliest states, James C. Scott
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-300) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A narrative in tatters : what I didn't know -- The domestication of fire, plants, animals, and... us -- Landscaping the world : the domus complex -- Zoonoses : a perfect epidemiological storm -- Agro-ecology of the early state -- Population control : bondage and war -- Fragility of the early state : collapse as disassembly -- The golden age of the barbarians
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xvii, 312 pages
Isbn
9780300182910
Lccn
2016960155
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • ocn990684513
  • (OCoLC)990684513
Label
Against the grain : a deep history of the earliest states, James C. Scott
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-300) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A narrative in tatters : what I didn't know -- The domestication of fire, plants, animals, and... us -- Landscaping the world : the domus complex -- Zoonoses : a perfect epidemiological storm -- Agro-ecology of the early state -- Population control : bondage and war -- Fragility of the early state : collapse as disassembly -- The golden age of the barbarians
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xvii, 312 pages
Isbn
9780300182910
Lccn
2016960155
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • ocn990684513
  • (OCoLC)990684513

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