Now browsing in: HISTORY General history Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve

Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve

by Morris, Ian paperback, 400 pages
Publication date:
Princeton University Press 
United States 

(0.00 points)
Rate and/or review
All pre-ordered books will be available from the official publication date
Delivery: Price without shipping cost: HUF 6,730 Pre-order
Most people in the world today think democracy and gender equality are good, and that violence and wealth inequality are bad. But most people who lived during the 10,000 years before the nineteenth century thought just the opposite. Drawing on archaeology, anthropology, biology, and history, Ian Morris explains why. Fundamental long-term changes in values, Morris argues, are driven by the most basic force of all: energy. Humans have found three main ways to get the energy they need--from foraging, farming, and fossil fuels. Each energy source sets strict limits on what kinds of societies can succeed, and each kind of society rewards specific values.