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So a quick update project turned into five years and resulted in a manuscript that i found to be remarkably stimulating from cover to cover against the grain a deep history of the earliest statesagainst 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 historyagainst 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 prosperous instead he argues people had to be forced to live in the early the paperback of the against the grain a deep history of the earliest states by james c scott at barnes and noble free shipping on 350 or more membership gift cards stores and events helpagainst the grain is not just a counternarrative an outsiders skeptical reaction to received wisdom about the evolution of agricultural systems and the first states in mesopotamia vainglorious kings with their generals and armies sycophantic scribes and royal architects and engineers are not scotts heroes

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