Coin, Currency, and the Coming of CapitalismBook - 2014
Despite its central place in everyday life, money travels the modern world in disguise. It looks like a natural product that simply expresses value - a commodity like gold or a convention like language. But as its history reveals, money is an altogether different matter. As societies change the way they 'make' money, they change the market itself - along with the rules that structure it, the politics and ideas that shape it, and the benefits that flow from it.Those changes have a constitutional dimension: money, as its history reveals, is a medium engineered at the centre of a political community to mobilize material resources. That character undermines claimsin economics about money's neutrality. Focusing on the dramatic transformations in money's design in 17th and 18th century England, this groundbreaking new book unsettles our deepest assumptions about the nature and political function of money.
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2014.
Edition: First Edition.
Characteristics: xxii, 478 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm