Numeracy of Africans, Asians, and Europeans During the Early Modern Period: New Evidence from Cape Colony Court Registers

@article{Baten2015NumeracyOA,
  title={Numeracy of Africans, Asians, and Europeans During the Early Modern Period: New Evidence from Cape Colony Court Registers},
  author={Joerg Baten and Johan Fourie},
  journal={Wiley-Blackwell: Economic History Review},
  year={2015}
}
  • J. Baten, J. Fourie
  • Published 1 May 2015
  • History, Economics
  • Wiley-Blackwell: Economic History Review
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