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I. DeVore eds. Man the Hunter, Chiacgo: Aldine. P. 33. English people worked much longer hours with the industrial revolution.. Source: Voth, Hans-Joakim (2001) “The Longest Years: New Estimates of labor Input
In England, 1760-1830,” Journal of Economic History, 61, 1065-82. Historical Paradoxes Such a view …ts well with some things we know about history. The
Linearbandkeramik culture, named after its’style of pots, is
recognized as the consequence of the spread of farming from eastern
Europe west possibly starting around 6,500BC.
By 5400 BC this had spread throughout most of what is now the
Northern European plane and in contact with hunter-gatherer groups
to the north known as the Ertebølle culture.
These communities learned how to make axes and other tools and
even began to make a form of pottery by 4600BC but they did not
adopt farming until 3900BC. James A. Robinson (Harvard) The Emergence of Modern Economic Growth: A Comparative and Historical Analysis
September 23, 2009
13 / 21 Linearbandkeramik pots LBK Boundary, 5400-3900BC From DMP to Surplus
Sahlins emphasized that in ‘
primitive societies’such as those studied
by anthropologists, resources, particularly labor, were underutilized
and total output was far below what would have been feasible with
the available technology.
He coined the phrase Domestic Mode of Production (DMP) to
describe this. Production was based on kin groups and there was
generally little surplus production about subsistence.
Intensi…cation’and the generation of surplus is the result of extra-kin
“One thing the ideology of headmanship does not admit: the
economic introversion of the DMP. The ... chief must stimulate
production beyond the usual aims of domestic livelihood .. the
political economy cannot survive on that restrained use of resources
which for the domestic economy is a satisfactory existence,”
So maybe Abu Hureyra did not initially make the transition to
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