Coins, currencies, and credit instruments: Media of exchange in economic and social history

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How, in historical societies, did people finalise transactions? Over the past few decades many economic and social historians have concerned themselves with this question, following the examples set by Douglass North and Craig Muldrew. Surprisingly, they have almost completely disregarded the most straightforward solution that historical societies had to offer, namely by using coins and currencies. Those scholars assumed, in part, that credit instruments were much more important in day-to-day trade. In this introduction we argue that studies into the unequal socioeconomic distribution of media of exchange - coins, currencies, and credit instruments - reveal mechanisms that are crucial to understanding broader social and economic processes. To this end, we discuss how the five articles in this special issue contribute to the growing literature on this topic.


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Externa organisationer
  • University of Amsterdam
  • Leiden University

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Företagsekonomi
Sidor (från-till)1-13
Antal sidor13
TidskriftTijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis
StatusPublished - 2014
Peer review utfördJa