Axios, “A new history of humanity offers hope for a new future”

By Bryan Walsh, November 13, 2021

A new book aims to rewrite the standard version of early human history that inequality was the inevitable result of the rise of agriculture and urban civilization.

Why it matters: If some of our early ancestors were able to farm and build cities without adopting a highly stratified social organization, then it’s possible we too could chart a fairer and more egalitarian future.

The big picture: The standard history of humanity’s transition from hunter-gatherers to settled farmers is straightforward.

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