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« on: October 07, 2017, 09:39:33 PM »

The rise of agricultural states came at a big cost, a new book argues

By Bruce Bower
October 3, 2017 -



Buy this book "Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States by James C. Scott" at Amazon.com


Contrary to popular opinion, humans didn’t shed a harsh existence as hunter-gatherers and herders for the good life of stay-in-place farming. Year-round farming villages and early agricultural states, such as those that cropped up in Mesopotamia, exchanged mobile groups’ healthy lifestyles for the back-breaking drudgery of cultivating crops, exposure to infectious diseases, inadequate diets, taxes and conscription into armies.

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