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Rome's Economic Revolution (Philip Kay) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2014) 9780199681549
Rome's Economic Revolution (Philip Kay) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2014) 9780199681549
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Title: Rome's Economic Revolution

Author: Kay, Philip

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2014

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780199681549

Volumes: 1; Pages: 400

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In this volume, Philip Kay examines economic change in Rome and Italy between the Second Punic War and the middle of the first century BC. He argues that increased inflows of bullion, in particular silver, combined with an expansion of the availability of credit to produce significant growth in monetary liquidity. This, in turn, stimulated market developments, such as investment farming, trade, construction, and manufacturing, and radically changed the composition and scale of the Roman economy.Using a wide range of evidence and scholarly investigation, Kay demonstrates how Rome, in the second and first centuries BC, became a coherent economic entity experiencing real per capita economic growth. Without an understanding of this economic revolution, the contemporaneous political and cultural changes in Roman society cannot be fully comprehended or explained.Table of ContentsAcknowledgementsList of FiguresList of TablesAbbreviationsIntroduction1. Rome and its economy at the time of the Second Punic WarPART I: SOURCES OF REVENUE2. Indemnities and booty3. Mining revenues4. State finance and the lex Sempronia de provincia AsiaPART II: THE ROMAN MONEY SUPPLY5. Cashing in the plunder6. Credit and financial intermediationPART III: THE APPLICATION OF FUNDS7. Investment farming and agricultural exploitation8. Trade, capital, and interconnected markets9. The creation of 'material complexity'10. After the credit crunchPART IV: QUANTIFICATION11. Forecasting the pastSummary and conclusionsBibliographyIndex of Literary SourcesGeneral Index
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