Freedom and Necessity: An Introduction to the Study of Society
Originally published in 1970, this book examines the origins of social organizations, the development of Robinson Crusoe economies and the conception of property or rightful ownership, as well as the origins of agriculture, race and class. Discussing commerce and the nation state, capitalist expansion and war between industrial power, the book is a concise yet comprehensive survey of the evolution of the structures of the world’s economies and of the ideas which underlie them.
Robinson, Joan, "Freedom and Necessity: An Introduction to the Study of Society" (1971). Big History. 63.