Debt: The First 5,000 Years

Portada
Melville House, 2011 M07 12 - 427 páginas
Now in paperback: David Graeber’s “fresh . . . fascinating . . . thought-provoking . . . and exceedingly timely” (Financial Times) history of debt
 
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.

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.

Comentarios de la gente - Escribir un comentario

Calificaciones de los usuarios

5 estrellas
13
4 estrellas
10
3 estrellas
2
2 estrellas
0
1 estrella
1

LibraryThing Review

Crítica de los usuarios  - dooney - LibraryThing

Not an economics text but a broad historical/anthropological/moral and economic study of human society and its attendant blind-spots. One of the most intellectually enjoyable, and thought-provoking ... Leer comentario completo

LibraryThing Review

Crítica de los usuarios  - kencf0618 - LibraryThing

One of the Victory Farm Center for the Humanities reads & livestreams. A fascinating, insightful foray, although he overstates his case, methinks. "He who has lost his credit is dead to the world." -English & German proverb. Leer comentario completo

Otras ediciones - Ver todas

Acerca del autor (2011)

David Graeber teaches anthropology at the London School of Economics. He has written for Harper’s, The Nation, Mute, and The New Left Review. In 2006, he delivered the Malinowski Memorial Lecture at the London School of Economics, an annual talk that honors “outstanding anthropologists who have fundamentally shaped the study of culture.” One of the original organizers of Occupy Wall Street, Graeber has been called an “anti-leader of the movement” by Bloomberg Businessweek. The Atlantic wrote that he “has come to represent the Occupy Wall Street message...expressing the group’s theory, and its founding principles, in a way that truly elucidated some of the things people have questioned about it.”


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Información bibliográfica