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Against the grain a deep history of the earliest states and millions of other books are available for instant access view kindle | view audible audiobook enter your mobile number or email address below and well send you a link to download the free kindle app then you can start reading kindle books on your smartphone tablet or i admire against the grain very much it is the most confirming and clarifying book about agriculture that i have read in a long timewendell berry as written in a letter to james c scott this is a brilliant accessible and highly original account of the origins of sedentism farming states and the relations between against the grain a deep history of the earliest states is a book hardcover release august 2017 by james c scott that sets out to undermine what he calls the standard civilizational narrative that suggests humans chose to live settled lives based on intensive agriculture because this made people safer and more prosperousan account of all the new and surprising evidence now available that contradicts the standard narrative for the beginnings of the earliest civilizations why did humans abandon hunting and gathering for sedentary communities dependent on livestock and cereal grains and governed by precursors of against the grain is a popular science summary of the now substantial case that agriculture was not the products of innovation but rather ecological circumstance that the state was not the beginning of the end of deprivation savagery and oppression but the start of the worst examples in human history

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