Money: A History

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Money: A History examines the origins, spread and cultural diversity of money throughout the world. From the exchange systems of earliest times to the increasingly cashless society of today, money and currency is set against a background of broader issues such as moral, political and religious attitudes to money in different cultures. Coin specialists from the British Museum trace the development of monetary systems from the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt to the invention of coinage in Lydia in ...
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Overview

Money: A History examines the origins, spread and cultural diversity of money throughout the world. From the exchange systems of earliest times to the increasingly cashless society of today, money and currency is set against a background of broader issues such as moral, political and religious attitudes to money in different cultures. Coin specialists from the British Museum trace the development of monetary systems from the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt to the invention of coinage in Lydia in the 7th century BC and its dissemination throughout the Greek and Roman empires. They consider money in the medieval West and the Islamic lands, in the ancient civilizations of India and China, and in the early modern period in the West. The book also examines the consequences of the globalization of the world monetary economy in the 19th and 20th centuries from more than a purely Western perspective.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312212124
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/15/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.66 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Williams is a curator in the department of coins and medals at the British Museum. He is a specialist on Roman and Iron Age coins. He lives in London.

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Table of Contents

Preface 7
Acknowledgements 9
Introduction 10
1 Mesopotamia, Greece and Egypt 16
2 The Roman World 39
3 Medieval Europe 62
4 The Islamic Lands 86
5 India and South-East Asia 108
6 China and the Far East 135
7 The Early Modern Period 162
8 Africa and Oceania 193
9 The Modern Period 218
Select Bibliography 250
Illustration Acknowledgements 252
Index 253
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