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Debt: The First 5000 Years

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Debt: The First 5,000 Years is a book by anthropologist David Graeber published in 2011. It explores the historical relationship of debt with social institutions such as barter, marriage, friendship, slavery, law, religion, war and government; in short, much of the fabric of human life in society. It draws on the history and anthropology of a number of civilizations, large and small, from the first known records of debt from Sumer in 3500 BC until the present.
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original title: Debt
subtitle: The First 5000 Years
date of publication: 2011
genre: essay
main subject: debt

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