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Primitive Civilizations

Primitive Civilizations
Or, Outlines of the History of Ownership in Archaic Communities
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Anthropology

  • Date Published: November 2010
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  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108021869

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  • Edith Simcox (1844–1901) was a prominent British feminist, social critic and prolific writer. She published many articles and essays advocating support for women's right to education, improved working conditions and suffrage. Her scholarly works in philosophy and economic history challenged the dominant male discourse in these subjects, and sought to demonstrate that contemporary capitalism was not the only route to a prosperous society. These volumes, first published in 1897, contain a comparative analysis of the economic history of ancient societies. Simcox discusses and compares aspects of economic history including ownership, industry and commerce, and domestic relations and ownership rights within families in ancient Egypt, Sumeria and China. Through her comparisons, this pioneering volume examines economic effects on the proprietary rights of women, demonstrating that gender-relations and contemporary ideals were not consistent across ancient cultures. For more information on this author, see

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    • Date Published: November 2010
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108021869
    • length: 1154 pages
    • dimensions: 324 x 250 x 68 mm
    • weight: 1.8kg
    • availability: Out of stock in print form with no current plan to reprint
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Introduction
    2. Prehistoric problems
    Book I. Ownership in Egypt:
    1. The monarchy and the royal officers
    2. The economic order
    3. Commerce and industry
    4. Caste and descent
    5. The military class
    6. The national religion and the priesthood
    7. Civil law and custom
    8. Domestic relation and family law
    Book II. Ancient Babylonia:
    1. Sumerian civilization
    2. Babylonian chronology
    3. The ancient cities of Sumer and Akkad
    4. Babylonia and Assyria
    5. Commercial law and contract tablets
    6. Domestic relations and family law
    Book III. From Massalia to Malabar:
    1. The Phoenicians and Carthage
    2. Prehistoric populations of Asia Minor, Greece, and Italy
    3. The Etruscans, Lycians, and Rhodians
    4. The laws of Charondas
    5. Legendary Amazons and historical Iberians
    6. Crete and Sparta
    7. A Syrian law-book
    8. Ancient Arabia
    9. Hamitic African tribes
    10. Malabar. Volume 2: Book IV. Ownership in China:
    1. The land and its history
    2. The ancient monarchy
    3. Political ethics and political economy
    4. The rural economy of the Chow
    5. Industry and trade in the middle antiquity of China
    6. Social and domestic relations in mediaeval China
    7. Feudalism and the fall of Chow
    8. The philosophers of the hundred schools
    9. The usurpation of T'sin and the burning of the books
    10. Reign of the Han Dynasty (206 BC–229 AD)
    11. From the Three Kingdoms to the Souy Dynasty (221–620 AD)
    12. The Tang Dynasty (620–907 AD)
    13. Chinese finance from the Han to the Tang Dynasty
    14. Posterior dynasties and the Sung (907–1280 AD)
    15. Agrarian economy and the innovator's laws
    16. Taxation and finance under the Sung
    17. Two literary statesmen of the Sung Dynasty
    18. Controversies, the schools and the examinations
    19. Foreign accounts of China under the Sung and the first Mongols
    20. The Mongols after Kubla
    21. The Ming Dynasty (1368–1649 AD)
    22. Education, art, and social changes under the Ming
    23. Foreign accounts of China under the Ming
    24. The Mantchu Dynasty, called Tsing, 1644–****
    25. Contemporary China
    26. Life in Chinese villages
    27. The wages and organization of industry
    28. Commerce and trade
    29. The law of marriage and inheritance
    30. Agrarian laws and customs
    31. Financial and mercantile offences
    32. Miscellaneous laws, administration and social institutions

  • Author

    Edith Jemima Simcox

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