David Graeber

Debt: The First 500 Years

David Graeber

Talk: Debt: The First 500 Years

For thousands of years, the struggle between rich and poor has largely taken the form of conflicts between creditors and debtors—of arguments about the rights and wrongs of interest payments, debt peonage, amnesty, repossession, restitution, the sequestering of sheep, the seizing of vineyards. David Graeber's Debt: The First 5,000 Years, uses these struggles to show that the history of debt is also a history of morality and culture.

David Graeber

David Graeber teaches anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is the author of Towards an Anthropological Theory of Value, Lost People, and Possibilities: Essays on Hierarchy, Rebellion, and Desire.