The Origins of Business, Money, and Markets by Keith RobertsThe Origins of Business, Money, and Markets by Keith Roberts

The Origins of Business, Money, and Markets

byKeith Roberts

Hardcover | June 28, 2011

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Understanding the origins of business is fundamental to grasping modern life, yet most historians look only to the nineteenth century to build their narratives. While the industrial revolution profoundly remade business practice and established much of the corporate organization we recognize today, the sweep of business history actually begins much earlier, with the initial cities of Mesopotamia. Traveling back to this society of ancient traders and consumers, Keith Roberts recasts the rise of modern business, exposing the flaws inherent in dominant histories and the parallels between early and modern business practice. Roberts''s fascinating narrative begins five thousand years ago in the Middle East. Explaining why prehistoric tribes had no "business," he describes the lack of material conditions and conceptual framework that made such an interchange impossible. Roberts then locates the origins of business in the long distance trade of ancient Mesopotamia, especially through slave trading, retailing, and financing, and maps the rise of modern models of currency, markets, and business in Greece, along with the emergence of banking, mercenaries, and reliable small coinage. The conquests of Alexander the Great brought these advances to the Mediterranean world and the Middle East. Agribusiness took root, and the Romans developed public contracting, corporations, and even shopping malls.
Keith Roberts is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and the Harvard Business School''s Program in Venture Capital. He has served as president of the Preservation Group, a San Francisco-based real estate firm; Roberts Proprietaries, Inc., a manufacturing and distribution company; and other firms. He is an arbitrator for ...
Title:The Origins of Business, Money, and MarketsFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:368 pages, 9 X 6 X 0 inShipping dimensions:368 pages, 9 X 6 X 0 inPublished:June 28, 2011Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231153260

ISBN - 13:9780231153263

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Table of Contents

Foreword, by William H. McNeillPrefaceList of TermsIntroduction1 Business in the Ancient Middle East1. The Beginning2. Middle Eastern Empires, 1600-323 B.C.E.2 Business in Ancient Greece3. Markets and Greece4. Business in Athens5. Hellenistic History: Prologue to Revolution6. The Hellenistic Business Environment7. Hellenistic Business3 Business in Ancient Rome8. The Early Roman Republic9. The Late Roman Republic, 201-31 B.C.E.10. The Principate, 31 B.C.E.-192 C.E.11. Roman Society12. Roman Businesses13. The Downfall of Ancient BusinessConcluding NoteNotesBibliographyIndex

Editorial Reviews

Roberts''s well-documented, readable book provides valuable insight into the past and lessons for the present....highly recommended.