Caliban and the Witch
Literary Nonfiction. CALIBAN AND THE WITCH is a history of the body in the transition to capitalism. Moving from the peasant revolts of the late Middle Ages to the witch-hunts and the rise of mechanical philosophy, Federici investigates the capitalist rationalization of social reproduction. She shows how the battle against the rebel body and the conflict between body and mind are essential conditions for the development of labor power and self-ownership, two central principles of modern social organization.
"It is both a passionate work of memory recovered and a hammer of humanity's agenda." Peter Linebaugh, author of The London Hanged"
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This book changed my way of thinking about so many things. A must read for anyone interested in the history of capitalism, anyone who has doubts that capitalism had naturally occurring and benevolent beginnings. Thoroughly researched and densely packed with intersectional connections. I love this book and keep coming back to it year after year.