‘Marketless Trading in Hammurabi’s Time’: A Re-appraisal

  title={‘Marketless Trading in Hammurabi’s Time’: A Re-appraisal},
  author={Gareth Dale},
  journal={Journal of The Economic and Social History of The Orient},
  • G. Dale
  • Published 2013
  • History
  • Journal of The Economic and Social History of The Orient
Abstract In this article I revisit Karl Polanyi’s writings on ancient Mesopotamia. I begin by situating them in the context of his general approach to trade, markets and money in the ancient world. Next, I reconstruct his major theses on Mesopotamia, drawing upon his published works as well as unpublished documents in the Karl Polanyi and Michael Polanyi archives. Finally, I provide a critical assessment of the merits and demerits of his contribution, with reference to Assyriological research… Expand
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