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It has long been held by historians that trade and markets in the Roman Empire resembled those found later in early modern Europe. Using the concept of the bazaar, however, Peter Bang argues that the development spawned by Roman hegemony proves clear similarities with large, pre-colonial or tributary empires such as the Ottoman, the Mughal in India, and the Ming/Ch'ing in China. By comparing Roman market formation particularly with conditions in the Mughal Empire, Bang changes our comparative horizons and situates the ongoing debate over the Roman economy firmly within wider discussions about world history and the 'great divergence' between east and west. The broad scope of this book takes in a wide range of topics, from communal networks and family connections to imperial cultures of consumption, and will therefore be of great interest to scholars and students of ancient history and pre-industrial economics.Read more
- Offers a perspective on the primitivism-modernism debate in ancient economic history
- Offers a comparative study of Rome and Mughal India
- A wide-ranging study that will appeal to researchers and students from a number of fields
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"Bang's well-researched and clearly written (and much-warranted) investigation will prove valuable to anyone interested in the comparative history of premodern empires and economies. Bang is surely right to claim the need for more studies of comparable ancient structures rather than more comparisons between ancient and modern ones. His is a first big step in the right direction."
The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Brent D. Shaw, Princeton UniversitySee more reviews
"This is an extremely rich and stimulating book..." --American Historical Review
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- Date Published: January 2009
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521855327
- length: 376 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 140 x 25 mm
- weight: 0.63kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. The Roman Empire and the Comparative Study of Pre-Industrial Society:
1. Beyond the ancient economy? Trade in the Roman empire and the problem of comparative history
2. An agrarian empire between market and tribute - situating interregional trade in the Roman empire
Part II. Imperial Bazaar:
3. A rough trading world - opaque, volatile and discontinuously connected markets
4. A thin line - portorium, protection and predation
5. Community - cult, courts, credit and collaboration in the bazaar
Epilegomena: taking stock - the world of goods.
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