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Money : the unauthorized biography from coinage to cryptocurrencies

Author: Felix Martin
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2015. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Vintage books editionView all editions and formats
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"What is money, and how does it work? In this tour de force of political, cultural, and economic history, Felix Martin challenges nothing less than our conventional understanding of one of humankind's greatest inventions. Martin describes how the Western idea of money emerged in the ancient world, and was shaped over the centuries by tensions between sovereigns and the emerging middle classes. Money, he argues, has  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Felix Martin
ISBN: 9780345803559 0345803558 9780307962447 030796244X
OCLC Number: 899245257
Description: x, 323 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: What is money? --
Getting money's measure --
The Aegean invention of economic value --
The monetary maquis --
The birth of the money interest --
The natural history of the vampire squid --
The great monetary settlement --
The economic consequences of Mr. Locke --
Money through the looking-glass --
Strategies of the sceptics --
Structural solutions --
Hamlet without the prince : how economics forgot money ... --
... And why it is a problem --
How to turn the locusts into bees --
The boldest measures are the safest --
Taking money seriously --
Epilogue.
Other Titles: Unauthorized biography from coinage to cryptocurrencies
Responsibility: Felix Martin.

Abstract:

"What is money, and how does it work? In this tour de force of political, cultural, and economic history, Felix Martin challenges nothing less than our conventional understanding of one of humankind's greatest inventions. Martin describes how the Western idea of money emerged in the ancient world, and was shaped over the centuries by tensions between sovereigns and the emerging middle classes. Money, he argues, has always been an intensely political instrument, and that it is our failure to remember this that led to the crisis in our financial system and the Great Recession. He concludes with practical solutions for making money serve us—and, in an introduction and epilogue new to this edition, a discussion of what Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies mean for money's future. From John Locke to Montesquieu, from Sparta to the Soviet Union, Money is a far-ranging and magisterial work of history and economics, with profound implications for the world today"--Publisher's description.

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