Economic history states that money replaced a bartering system, yet there isn't any evidence to support this axiom. Anthropologist Graeber presents a stunning reversal of this conventional wisdom. For more than 5,000 years humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods. Since the beginning of the agrarian empires, humans have been divided into debtors and creditors. Through time, virtual credit money was replaced by gold and the system as a whole went into decline. This fascinating history is told for the first time.
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Fresh...fascinating...Graeber's book is not just thought provoking, but also exceedingly timely. --Gillian Tett, Financial Times
[Graeber's] writings on anthropological theory are outstanding. I consider him the best anthropological theorist of his generation from anywhere in the world. --Maurice Bloch, Professor of Anthropology, LSE
An alternate history of the rise of money and markets, a sprawling, erudite, provocative work. --Drake Bennett, Bloomberg Business Week
DAVID GRAEBER teaches anthropology at the London School of Economics. He is the author of Debt: The First 5,000 Years, Towards an Anthropological Theory of Value, Lost People: Magic and the Legacy of Slavery in Madagascar, Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology, Possibilities: Essays on Hierarchy, Rebellion, and Desire, and Direct Action: An Ethnography. He has written for The Guardian, Harper's, The Nation, The Baffler, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New Left Review.
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Descripción Melville House, 2011. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P111933633867