Funkyanarchy, let's say between 500-1,000 years ago. I'm asking if there is an anti-civ book where it focuses on the everyday average peoples lives prior to industrialization in Eurasia and why it is a negative or problematic. I assume there's an anti-civ book/writing that examines the structures of everyday life somewhere in Eurasia and at some point prior to industrialism. I've noticed indigenous people of some area are mentioned a lot. If there is an examination of peoples prior to industrialization, it seems like the focus is mainly on the elites.
The woodworking and fishing thing was to attempt to indicate they're fairly recent and slowly became more accessible to the commoners instead just certain people.
@Nihilist, yes, the commoners didn't go fishing. I guess if they were part of a crew they did, but outside that not really. They had no easy way to get to a river or the ocean. Even if they did, the fish along the shoreline were depleted by the people of higher status than them, so were rivers. With the rivers it was dependent the location. The plebs in now what's France and Germany weren't allowed to fish in the rivers. They didn't have sailboats to go deeper out to sea to fish. Preserving and transporting the fish was problematic for the people that did. They could obtain fish from a merchants though. It was a tiny part of their diet. Most of their diet was from various grains and cereals, and occasionally salted beef. yumyum
The mechanical saw was mostly what made it possible and easier to do woodworking. It relies on sawmills. The plebs didn't have sawmills.
There are many things where you'd think the past pleb was doing this or that and had this or that. Like the fork, you'd probably think the fork has been around for a long time. It didn't appear until 17th century and didn't become widely used until the 18th century. People, especially priests, thought the fork was some sort of diabolical tool and bickered about it for like 80 years.
Is Ismael the one with the telepathic or talking gorilla?