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    "[Second Thoughts on Capitalism and the State is a] profoundly reflective book shows a pathway forward for academics and activists alike who are stymied by the disconnect between deep critical scholarship and emancipatory social change, yet who will still not give up the good fight."

    - Professor Diane E. Davis, Harvard University

Ancient Urban Globalisation and Economic Development

This volume is dedicated to the historical context forming the background of contemporary philosophical, social and economic issues. It summarises the origins of economic activity in Eurasia and Egypt with an interpretation of the development of economics, economic thought and social thinking that takes us up to the present day. It argues that globalisation is not really new. Transpacific communications began shortly after the first states appeared in the Near East and continued intermittently during the following millennia, leaving curious traces. The book’s fundamental claim is that lessons be learnt from deep history about wealth, the nature of money, and the understanding of justice, and interpreting their importance is essential.

Some of the book’s points are relevant to archaeological theory, and some are central to understanding human social organisations. Debating the claims made, and their potential significance, will interest archaeologists, historians, social scientists, and policy makers.


Having studied Egyptology and Archaeology at the University of Basel, Switzerland, David A. Warburton holds a DPhil and a HDR in Near Eastern Archaeology from the Universities of Berne, Switzerland, and Paris I, France, respectively. He has participated in archaeological fieldwork in Egypt, France, Iraq, Switzerland, Syria, and Yemen, as well as having taught Egyptology, Near Eastern Archaeology, Religion and Ancient Economics at universities in Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, and Switzerland. He is the author of State and Economy in Ancient Egypt (1997) and Egypt and the Near East (2001), as well as editor of The Earliest Economic Growth in World History (2022).

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ISBN: 1-5275-9333-9

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-9333-6

Release Date: 27th April 2023

Pages: 605

Price: £89.99

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