History of Money: From Ancient Times to the Present Day

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A History of Money - From Ancient Times to the Present Day is a highly readable account of the central importance of money in both everyday and business life. There are relatively few books on monetary history and those that exist tend to be narrow in geographical scope and historical focus. In his book, Glyn Davies takes a broad perspective and analyses the development and role of money in many of the world's nations from ancient to modern times.
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Overview

A History of Money - From Ancient Times to the Present Day is a highly readable account of the central importance of money in both everyday and business life. There are relatively few books on monetary history and those that exist tend to be narrow in geographical scope and historical focus. In his book, Glyn Davies takes a broad perspective and analyses the development and role of money in many of the world's nations from ancient to modern times.
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Choice
“This work of monumental proportions is both well conceived and executed . . . Davies writes with a sparkling wit, and his prose is elegant and flowing. This book is a total success. Both undergraduate and graduate students can learn much from this excellent work, which will be useful to economists, political scientists, and even anthropologists.” –Choice
Banking World
“If you want a chronological history of money, here it is. If the development of banking is required, that is available. And if you want to worry about the exploding world population, the book provides some interesting theories . . .” –Banking World
Financial Times
“. . . highly readable . . .” –Financial Times
Economic Journal
“. . . a thoroughly good read . . .” –Economic Journal
World Money Laundering Report
“. . . a masterful examination . . . It’s a helter-skelter ride through history, swooping and touching on civilization and how they did business, funded their treasuries and paid their servants including armies . . .” –World Money Laundering Report
Sacra Moneta
“. . . if you are a numismatist looking for a book that will explain the economy then this is it. I would not have been disappointed at £45 . . . all I can say is Highly recommended.” —Sacra Moneta
Choice
“This work of monumental proportions is both well conceived and executed . . . Davies writes with a sparkling wit, and his prose is elegant and flowing. This book is a total success. Both undergraduate and graduate students can learn much from this excellent work, which will be useful to economists, political scientists, and even anthropologists.” –Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780708312469
  • Publisher: University of Wales Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1994
  • Pages: 800

Table of Contents

Foreword
Dedication
Acknowledgements
Preface
1 The Nature and Origins of Money and Barter 1
2 From Primitive and Ancient Money to the Invention of Coinage, 3000-600 BC 33
3 The Development of Greek and Roman Money, 600 BC-AD 400 65
4 The Penny and the Pound in Medieval European Money, 410-1485 112
5 The Expansion of Trade and Finance, 1485-1640 175
6 The Birth and Early Growth of British Banking, 1640-1789 237
7 The Ascendancy of Sterling, 1789-1914 283
8 British Monetary Development in the Twentieth Century 365
9 American Monetary Development Since 1700 455
10 Aspects of Monetary Development in Europe and Japan 547
11 Third World Money and Debt in the Twentieth Century 593
12 Global Money in Historical Perspective 639
Bibliography 657
Index 677
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