Economic History beginning with the Ancient and Feudal
December 18, 2010 3:19 PM Subscribe
My understanding of economic history is rather poor. I couldn't even substantiate my primitive views of how the industrial first world's economy is structured, much less hold any views of how the economics of past communities were structured. So it's rather obvious that I would want to remedy this.
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My only involvement with economic history is from the Marxist tradition, and because of that I'm naturally focusing on finding books that would consider ancient, feudal, and early capitalist modes of production: how these structures and relations operated, and how they developed and eventually transformed into the next mode.
I haven't read The Class Struggle in the Ancient Greek World yet, but it does seem to be along the lines of what I'm looking for (albeit temporally restricted (possibly too specific for my initial attempts in trying to educate myself)).
A generic search for economic history on Amazon came up with A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World, but this (as far as I can tell by the table of contents) ignores the ancient and feudal organization, and seems to focus more on the industrial revolution than the actual structures of structures of mercantalism and capitalism.
The other title that came up though seemed fairly spot on considering, A Concise Economic History of the World, but I'd appreciate further and/or better resources.