Ancient Trade and Early Coinage - volume 1 by Michael Mitchiner

Hawkins Publications, 692 pages

ISBN: 
9780904173277

Extract of Author's Introduction

Trade and coinage are closely linked. Coinage is a tool that facilitates commerce, but many economies function efficiently without using coins. Once the concept of coins had been introduced the idea spread along trade routes and coinage was adopted selectively in places where suitable economic conditions prevailed. The manner in which this happened and the trade routes involved will be discussed. 

Discussions about history are often centered on the major urbanized kingdoms, partly because they tend to have the most comprehensive archaeological and documentary records. When debating the kinetics of changing trade patterns a different approach is helpful. Population movements exerted fundamental influences on patterns of trade and of technological change. Sometimes these were local movements reflected in invasions and in the expansion or contraction of kingdoms described in historical sources. Some of the more fundamental population movements took place on the Eurasian steppe. Tribal movements across the steppe often took place at much the same period as other tribes were migrating out of the steppe. These movements induced profound changes to the cultures in whose lands the migrants settled. 

This study provides an introduction to many aspects of cultural and commercial development that could be explored in much more detail. Perhaps this is re-writing the history of mankind from a new perspective. It is, however, a perspective that dispels the isolationist views of cultures and coin series often conceived. It enables the complex nexus of commercial an numismatic relationships to be presented in a realistic manner. his integrative approach is explored in the text that follows. Some of the details ares till hazy and will no doubt become better defined by future research. The basic approach to the study of history trade and coinage adopted in this study justifies itself. 

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