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Money : the unauthorised biography

Author: Felix Martin
Publisher: Rearsby, Leicester : W F Howes Ltd, 2013.
Edition/Format:   book_largeprint : English : [Large print edition]View all editions and formats
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What is money and where does it come from? We may think we know the answers, but Felix Martin traverses the globe and delves into ancient history to radically reconfigure our understanding of man's greatest invention. Across the centuries and continents, currency has come in many different forms: sugar in the West Indies, nails in Scotland, tobacco in Virginia, dried cod in Newfoundland. But how did the concept of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Felix Martin
ISBN: 9781471241192 147124119X
OCLC Number: 854617950
Notes: Standard print edition originally published: London : Bodley Head, 2013.
Description: 407 pages (large print) : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Felix Martin.

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What is money and where does it come from? We may think we know the answers, but Felix Martin traverses the globe and delves into ancient history to radically reconfigure our understanding of man's greatest invention. Across the centuries and continents, currency has come in many different forms: sugar in the West Indies, nails in Scotland, tobacco in Virginia, dried cod in Newfoundland. But how did the concept of currency arise? Popular economics will tell us that today's financial structure evolved from bartering, mankind's oldest economic system. But this, says Martin, is flawed history.

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