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From the Publisher"Economic Systems is a grand undertaking."
Timothy Earle, Northwestern University, Journal of Anthropological Research
Drawing from economics, anthropology, statistics, and history to examine large samples of foraging (hunting, gathering and fishing), agricultural and industrial societies, Frederic L. Pryor isolates their economic systems. He explores why certain societies or nations have one system rather than another, examines the impact of these economic systems on the societies' welfare and studies their development and changes. The book presents a broad framework for understanding economic systems and provides considerable evidence on both preindustrial and industrial systems.
Part I. Orientation: 1. Introduction; Part II. Foraging Societies: 2. Economic systems of foragers; 3. From foraging to farming; Part III. Agricultural Societies: 4. Economic systems of agriculturalists; 5. From agriculture to industry; Part IV. Industrial/Service Societies: 6. Advanced market economic systems; 7. Systemic changes in advanced market systems; 8. Marxist economic systems; Part V. Final Words: 9. Conclusions and an agenda for future research.