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Chinese-Spiced Beef Stew

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Editor’s Note

Desperately Seeking Marco Polo

In “The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity,” David Graeber and David Wengrow challenge the standard assumption that civilization developed along a continuum from hunters and gatherers who were later transformed by agriculture to live in villages, towns, cities, city-states and then empires.

The truth, they argue, is that humans tried all sorts of social networks even within the same social group during different seasons. In winter, when food was scarce, there might be a more authoritarian construct versus...

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