The Dawn of Everything

A New History of Humanity

  • Penguin Books Ltd (UK)
  • Softcover
  • 196 mm x 128 mm x 34 mm
  • Erscheinungsdatum: 02.06.2022
  • Artikelnummer 978-0-14-199106-1

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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND SUNDAY TIMES, OBSERVER AND BBC HISTORY BOOK OF THE YEAR

FINALIST FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL WRITING 2022

'Pacey and potentially revolutionary' Sunday Times

'Iconoclastic and irreverent ... an exhilarating read' The Guardian

For generations, our remote ancestors have been cast as primitive and childlike - either free and equal, or thuggish and warlike. Civilization, we are told, could be achieved only by sacrificing those original freedoms or, alternatively, by taming our baser instincts. David Graeber and David Wengrow show how such theories first emerged in the eighteenth century as a reaction to indigenous critiques of European society, and why they are wrong. In doing so, they overturn our view of human history, including the origins of farming, property, cities, democracy, slavery and civilization itself.

Drawing on path-breaking research in archaeology and anthropology, the authors show how history becomes a far more interesting place once we begin to see what's really there. If humans did not spend 95 per cent of their evolutionary past in tiny bands of hunter-gatherers, what were they doing all that time? If agriculture, and cities, did not mean a plunge into hierarchy and domination, then what kinds of social and economic organization did they lead to? The answers are often unexpected, and suggest that the course of history may be less set in stone, and more full of playful possibilities than we tend to assume.

The Dawn of Everything fundamentally transforms our understanding of the human past and offers a path toward imagining new forms of freedom, new ways of organizing society. This is a monumental book of formidable intellectual range, animated by curiosity, moral vision and faith in the power of direct action.

'This is not a book. This is an intellectual feast' Nassim Nicholas Taleb

'The most profound and exciting book I've read in thirty years' Robin D. G. Kelley

David Graeber
David Graeber (1961–2020) war Professor für Anthropologie an der London School of Economics und Autor der Weltbestseller «Schulden», «Bullshit Jobs» und «Bürokratie» und Vordenker von «Occupy Wall Street». Völlig überraschend starb David Graeber am 2. September 2020 in Venedig. Sein letztes großes Werk «Anfänge. Eine neue Geschichte der Menschheit» erschien postum im Frühjahr 2022 bei Klett-Cotta.

David Wengrow
David Wengrow, geboren am 25. Juli 1972, studierte Archäologie und Anthropologie in Oxford und unterrichtet am Lehrstuhl für Vergleichende Archäologie an der Universität London. Er leitete Forschungen in Afrika und dem Mittleren Osten, ist einer der führenden Vertreter der »World Archaeology« und immer wieder zu Forschungsaufenthalten in Deutschland, u.a. an der Universität Freiburg. 2023 hat er die Albertus-Magnus-Professur in Köln inne.