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Une nouvelle histoire de l'humanité

752 pages

French language

Published Jan. 6, 2023 by Les Liens Qui Libèrent.

ISBN:
979-10-209-2463-6
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4 stars (3 reviews)

David Graeber et David Wengrow se sont donné pour objectif de « jeter les bases d’une nouvelle histoire du monde ». Le temps d’un voyage fascinant, ils nous invitent à nous débarrasser de notre carcan conceptuel pour comprendre quelles sociétés nos ancêtres cherchaient à créer. Foisonnant d’érudition, s’appuyant sur des recherches novatrices, leur ouvrage dévoile un passé humain infiniment plus intéressant que ne le suggèrent les lectures conventionnelles. Un livre monumental d’une extraordinaire portée intellectuelle dont vous ne sortirez pas indemne et qui bouleversera à jamais votre perception de l’histoire humaine.

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Frustrating at best

2 stars

I usually find Graeber's work a bit annoying as I agree with the conclusions, but I find his arguments for how to get there lacking. I had high hopes for this book as the premise was interesting. Unfortunately, this book was even more frustrating that his others. I enjoyed the critique of eurocentric views on civilization, and I liked that the book argues against a narrative of progress through feudal lords and then capitalism.

However, a main argument in the book is against the idea that large population governance is not inherently oppressive. I wholly reject this idea. The arguments Graeber and Wengrow make are hundreds of pages long and never get beyond "well there is no evidence of a monarchy so they must have had people's assemblies and been democratic." The city, they infer, is therefore a structure we can have without oppressive relations. There is then much advocating …

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