A section on anything that has a bearing on the history of P2P and the Commons.
See our article that attempts to historicise the forms taken by the commons: [[History and Evolution of the Commons]
Our own recommendations
This is the key world-historical book that helps to frame the evolution of relational models in society, and analyzes the previous transitions:
- The Structure of World History: From Modes of Production to Modes of Exchange. by Kojin Karatani. Duke University Press, 2014 
A good follow-up, because it describes a particular transition form one value regime to another, is
- The First European Revolution, by Richard Moore.
It describes the change from the post-Roman 'plunder economy', to a fully-fledged feudal system which also includes the free cities of the Middle Ages.
The Digital Renaissance as Neo-Medievalism
Douglas Rushkoff, interviewed by ERIN LYNCH:
* In one of your recent lectures at The New School you talked about the initial purposes of the industrial age, one of which was to remove peer-to-peer transaction. Do you see that reversing and what would be the overall benefits of it?
I see almost everything about the industrial age being reversed by the things being “retrieved” by the digital age. A renaissance means old, repressed ideas being reborn (re-naissance) in a new context. So industrialism really came out of the last renaissance, which was largely about rebirthing the ideas of ancient Greece and Rome: centralization of authority, empire, and expansion.
Today’s renaissance would retrieve the medieval values (not the lifestyle!) that were stamped out by the renaissance: crafts, peer-to-peer trading at the market, local value creation…even craft beers! Really, it’s no coincidence that the cultural expressions of the digital age – like Burning Man and etsy – share so many medieval qualities.
The benefits of reversing the dehumanizing bias of the industrial age – the drive to reduce human involvement and intervention in production and expansion – is to put the economy and technology back in the service of human beings, instead of letting them continue to devalue us. Because today’s technologies are so much more powerful than they were in the era of the steam engine. If we program them to remove human interference, this time they may be able to do it." (http://www.webvisionsevent.com/2016/01/the-throes-of-change-an-interview-with-douglas-rushkoff/)
Pages in category "P2P History"
The following 127 pages are in this category, out of 127 total.
- Caliban and the Witch
- Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization
- Cecilia Colony
- Commercial Revolution of the Thirteenth Century
- Common Turn
- Commoners and Common Right in English History
- Commons in History
- Communal Luxury
- Cooperative Production
- Corporate Collective Action
- Craft Guilds
- Cultural History of Humanity's Search for Meaning
- Cyclical Theory of Elite Competition, Extraction and Exhaustion
- Cyclical Theory of Market Emergence, Dominance and Decline
- Ecological Backgrounds of the Deep Infrastructural Shifts in the History of Human Civilization
- Ecological Stress, Climate Changes, and World System Transformation
- Economics and Persistence of English Common Fields
- Emergence of Commons and Guilds as Silent Revolution
- End of the Megamachine
- Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations
- European Commons Experts
- Evolution of the Modes of Exchange
- Evolution of the Structure of World History Through Modes of Exchange
- Evolution of Via Campesina as a Transnational Social Movement
- Fabian Scheidler
- First European Revolution
- First Human Revolution
- Five Transitions in Evolutionary History
- Fourth Singularity
- Friendly Society
- From Hunter and Gatherers to Global Capitalism and Thereafter
- From Medieval Guilds to Open Source Software
- From the Communal Reformation to the Revolution of the Common Man
- Magna Carta Manifesto
- Measurement and the Economic Emergence of the Modern World
- Medieval Commune
- Medieval Hackers
- Medieval Prosperity and the Absence of Usurious Lending Practices
- Merchant Fraternities in the Middle Ages
- Merchant Guilds
- Michel Bauwens and Douglas Rushkoff on Digital Generative Economies and the New Guilds
- Moral Economy of the English Crowd in the Eighteenth Century
- Moral Origins
- Myth of the Peaceful Noble Savage