The books title against the grain is actually a double pun first in that the book is contrarian to received wisdom on state formation second in that the crux of that contrarian view is that domesticated grain is largely a negative for most early humans because it prevented the type of egalitarian flourishing that scott favors . I admire against the grain very much it is the most confirming and clarifying book about agriculture that i have read in a long time wendell berry as written in a letter to james c scott it is the most confirming and clarifying book about agriculture that i have read in a long time wendell berry as written in a letter to . Against the grain by james c scott review the beginning of elites tax slavery history books we used to think moving on from a hunter gatherer lifestyle meant improvement. Against the grain a deep history of the earliest states by james c scott an account of all the new and surprising evidence now available that contradicts the standard narrative for the beginnings of the earliest civilizations. In against the grain a deep history of the earliest states james c scott a professor of political science at yale presents a plausible contender for the most important piece of
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