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One question that has always intrigued me is how did the early states emerge with the authoritarian structure that they had?

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Finally, the move from non-state to state existence may have produced monuments and art, but it may also have represented deter...  Read More

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Possibly even malaria and other illnesses were caused by (inadvertently) man-made marshes, in combination with the emergence of cities.

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Not so fast, argues professor james c.

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Scott argues that the benefits weren't always obvious to neolithic hunter-gatherers and that 'progress' came at a steep price.

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There were still people during those times, who might've even been happier than they'd been before the collapse of the state.

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  • This product had a total of 283 reviews as of our last analysis date on Nov 25 2020.
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Excellent introduction to this neglected period in (pre)history.

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Quite frankly astonishing. A witty, subversive re-writing of history that will forever alter my view of the modern state. Brilliant.


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    The author made a lot of sense and the book was an eye-opener.


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    It puts some current liberal stupidities where they belong, in the waste basket; chief among which is the laughable idea that the easter island statues and stonehenge were team-building programs not an exercise in hegemonic power.


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    The old ideas we have about states are often wrong or simply nonexistent.


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    Scott wrote this book based on new research published in the last 20 years.


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    The notion that the state attracted barbarians eager to reap the benefits of civilization are simply wrong.


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    States had to retain their population of workers by force and by walls because they would leave for a better life outside without the walls.


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    The dark ages are dark mostly because they left no records for historians to examine, not because they were times when people were worse off than when the state controlled their lives.

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