By Neil Faulkner
This magisterial research of human historical past - from "Lucy," the 1st hominid, to the good Recession of 2008 - combines the insights of past generations of Marxist historians with radical new rules in regards to the ancient process.
Reading historical past opposed to the grain, Neil Faulkner finds that what occurred long ago used to be now not predetermined. offerings have been widespread and various. diversified results - liberation or barbarism - have been usually attainable. Rejecting the top-down strategy of traditional heritage, Faulkner contends that it's the mass motion of normal people who drives nice events.At the start of the twenty first century - with fiscal catastrophe, struggle, weather disaster and deep category divisions - people face possibly the best concern within the lengthy heritage of our species.
The lesson of A Marxist heritage of the World is that, on the grounds that we created our earlier, we will additionally create a greater destiny.
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Life on the steppes was precarious. The numbers of people, the size of herds, and the adequacy of pasture were in fine balance. If a hot summer burnt out the grasslands, war, displacement, and mass migration might follow. Then, the steppe peoples might impact on the wider world with devastating force. Periodically – but unpredictably – they poured out of Central Asia, heading west, south, and east, from desiccated grasslands to abundant plough-lands, Faulkner T02521 01 text 31 06/03/2013 09:48 32 A Mar xist H is to ry o f the Wo rl d in search of food and fodder, plunder and riches, and new territory on which to settle.
Having created a centralised state, he proclaimed himself a god-king (pharaoh). Priests, officials, merchants, artisans, and peasants were all subordinate to the pharaoh. The ruling class – priests and officials – owed their estates and position to royal patronage. The pyramids, iconic monuments of Old Kingdom Egypt (2705−2250 bc), were not temples, but royal tombs. Like the Sumerian priests and city governors, the pharaohs fostered the cultural prerequisites of the Urban Revolution: irrigation works, long-distance trade (especially in metals, timber, and stone), literacy and record-keeping, numerical notation and geometry, standard weights and measures, the calendar and timekeeping, and the science of astronomy.
Their only security for a loan is their land and their labour. The big landowners’ main incentive to lend is the prospect of acquiring more land. If debts can be repaid, so be it. If they cannot, so much the better. Small farms can then be taken over, and small farmers may become debt-bondsmen, forced to work for the big landowner as serfs. The Athenian masses broke this chain of debt and debt-bondage through struggle. They emerged at the end of the sixth century bc secure in possession of their property and their freedom.
A Marxist History of the World: From Neanderthals to Neoliberals by Neil Faulkner