A thought-provoking, cross-cultural introduction to the history of money. The story takes you from the simple exchange systems in earliest times to the increasingly cashless society of our own day.
The book begins by tracing the growth and development of monetary systems, from the ancient civilisations of Mesopotamia and Egypt to the establishment of coinage in the Greek and Roman world. The next chapters develop a broader world view, exploring the monetary systems of Europe during the Middle Ages, the Islamic world, India and China. In the final part of the book, the focus is on the processes by which money has become a global phenomenon, with chapters looking at the expanding role of money in early modern Europe and the Americas and the introduction of paper money and banking.
With the aid of over 500 illustrations, it explores the origins, spread and especially the cultural diversity of monetary exchange throughout the world, viewed against a broader economic and social background.
A fascinating read.