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Cover of: Debt | David Graeber

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The author shows that before there was money, there was debt. For 5,000 years humans have lived in societies divided into debtors and creditors. For 5,000 years debt and debt forgiveness have been at the center of political debates, laws and religions. The words “guilt,” “sin,” and “redemption” come from ancient debates about debt. These terms and the ideas of debt shape our most basic ideas of right and wrong. source

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The First 5,000 Years

Published April 27, 2010 by Melville House in Brooklyn, New York, USA .

Table of Contents

1 On The Experience of Moral Confusion 1
2 The Myth of Barter 21
3 Primordial Debts 43
4 Cruelty and Redemption 73
5 A Brief Treatsie on the Moral Grounds of Economic Relations 89
6 Games with Sex and Death 127
7 Honor and Degradation, or, On the Foundations of Contemporary Civilization 165
8 Credit Versus Bullion, And the Cycles of History 211
9 The Axial Age (800 BC-600 AD) 223
10 The Middle Ages (600 AD-1450 AD) 251
11 Age of the Great Capitalist Empires (1450-1971) 307
12 (1971-The Beginning of Something Yet to Be Determined) 361
Notes 393
Bibliography 455
Index 493

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