Origins of Globalization

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Overview

Origins of Globalization draws widely on ancient sources and modern economic theory to detail the concept of "known world" globalization, arguing that a mixed economy--similar in many respects to our own--existed in a variety of forms throughout the ancient world. By analyzing the business practices of the ancient world--phenomena such as resource and market seeking behavior, international trade from China, India and Rome, to Africa and even northern and western parts of Europe, Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs)
operating internationally and outsourcing production, multicultural workforces, tariff reduced zones, interregional tax issues, and the management of currency risks--the authors provide readers with a unique historical interpretation of the contemporary globalizing economy and a durable theoretical framework for future historical economic analyses.

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'The Origins of Globalization is a time-travel romp through ancient times. It is a great adventure - and profoundly instructive of the way the world works.' Neil Reynolds, The Globe and Mail

'This book shows that business globalisation is as old as the Pyramids. Modern readers can gain a much broader perspective on how to deal with today’s opportunities and challenges' George Yip, Beckwith Professor of Management Studies, Cambridge University

'A must read for anyone interested in the evolution and future of multinationals' Vijay Govindarajan, Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business, The Amos Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College

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Meet the Author

Karl Moore is Associate Professor of Management at McGill University, Canada.

David C. Lewis teaches world history at California State University, USA.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xi

1 Modern Theory and Ancient Practice: Is Globalization New? 1

2 The Temple-Palace Conglomerate: Trade and Enterprise 3500-2000 BCE 21

3 The Golden Age of Temple Capitalism: Mesopotamia and India 2250-2000 BCE 46

4 Assyria and Babylon: Previewing the Multinational in The Middle Bronze Age (2000-1500 BCE) 63

5 Maritime Capitalism at High Tide: Trade and Investment under the Phoenicians 1500-500 BCE 84

6 Entrepreneurs of the Aegean: The Greek Free-Market Revolution, 825-480 BCE 114

7 Publicans and Patriarchs: The Triumph of Roman Family Enterprise: 146 BCE-14CE 145

8 The Hellenistic Climax: India, China and Rome 331-100 BCE 174

9 Beyond Globalization: Business and Culture 206

Appendix 225

Notes 231

Index 271

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