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Ancient Economy

Ancient Economy - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0520219465

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ISBN13: 978-0520219465
ISBN10: 0520219465
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Publisher: University of California Press
Published: 1999
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Ancient Economy - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0520219465

M. I. Finley

ISBN13: 978-0520219465
ISBN10: 0520219465
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: University of California Press

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

"Technical progress, economic growth, productivity, even efficiency have not been significant goals since the beginning of time," declares M. I. Finley in his classic work. The states of the ancient Mediterranean world had no recognizable real-property market, never fought a commercially inspired war, witnessed no drive to capital formation, and assigned the management of many substantial enterprises to slaves and ex-slaves. In short, to study the economies of the ancient world, one must begin by discarding many premises that seemed self-evident before Finley showed that they were useless or misleading. Available again, with a new foreword by Ian Morris, these sagacious, fertile, and occasionally combative essays are just as electrifying today as when Finley first wrote them.

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Finley, M.I. :

M. I. Finley, who died in 1986, was Professor of Ancient History and Master of Darwin College at Cambridge University.

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