Commerce, Culture and Capitalism

In: Historical Materialism
Charles Post Borough of Manhattan Community College – CUNY

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The problem of commerce in pre-capitalist societies has been an issue debated among historians, both Marxian and non-Marxian, for over a century. Martha Howell’s book provides new historical data on the economic impact and cultural meaning of commerce in feudal Europe, without, however, addressing key theoretical and interpretive issues.

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