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    DescriptionNow 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.

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    The First 5,000 Years
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Graeber
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 544
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 367 g
    ISBN 13: 9781612191294
    ISBN 10: 1612191290

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    Abridged Dewey: 330
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    Libri: ENGM2000, WIRT7000
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    LC classification: HB
    B&T Approval Code: A45500000, P47553500
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    LC classification: HG3701 .G73 2012
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    black & white line drawings, charts
    Melville House Publishing
    Imprint name
    Melville House Publishing
    Publication date
    14 February 2013
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    David Graeber teaches anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London. 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.”
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    Winner of the Bateson Book Prize awarded by the Society for Cultural Anthropology `One of the year's most influential books. Graeber situates the emergence of credit within the rise of class society, the destruction of societies based on 'webs of mutual commitment' and the constantly implied threat of physical violence that lies behind all social relations based on money.` --Paul Mason, `The Guardian` `The book is more readable and entertaining than I can indicate... It is a meditation on debt, tribute, gifts, religion and the false history of money. Graeber is a scholarly researcher, an activist and a public intellectual. His field is the whole history of social and economic transactions.` `--`Peter Carey,` The Observer` `An alternate history of the rise of money and markets, a sprawling, erudite, provocative work.` --Drake Bennett, `Bloomberg Businessweek ` `[A]n engaging book. Part anthropological history and part provocative political argument, it's a useful corrective to what passes for contemporary conversation about debt and the economy.` --Jesse Singal, `Boston Globe` `Fresh... fascinating... Graeber's book is not just thought-provoking, but also exceedingly timely.` `--`Gillian Tett, `Financial Times`(London) `Terrific... In the best anthropological tradition, he helps us reset our everyday ideas by exploring history and other civilizations, then boomeranging back to render our own world strange, and more open to change.` `--`Raj Patel, ``The Globe and Mail`` `Graeber's book has forced me to completely reevaluate my position on human economics, its history, and its branches of thought. A Marxism without Graeber's anthropology is beginning to feel meaningless to me.` --Charles Mudede, `The Stranger` `The world of borrowing needs a little demystification, and David Graeber's `Debt `is a good start.` --`The L Magazine` `Controversial and thought-provoking, an excellent book.`