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Prehistorical Economics

From African Origins to Early States

Authors: Olsson, Ola

  • - First comprehensive overview of economic prehistory written by an economist
  • - Spans the time interval from the biological origins of our species to the appearance of written documents (and thus economic history proper)
  • - Makes extensive use of research from other fields such as archaeology, anthropology, genetics, and political science
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This textbook outlines the political economy of prehistorical human societies during the period 200,000-5,000 BP. Although this era in human history has not been studied much by social scientists, it includes some of the defining moments of mankind such as the origin of homo sapiens in East Africa, the settling of Africa, Asia, Europe and America, the revolutionary shift to sedentary agriculture and the associated emergence of civilization with states, kings, cities, codified language, and large-scale public goods. Arguably, most of the characteristics that define modern humans emerged in the period before recorded history.  
This book will serve as the first scholarly reference for understanding prehistorical economies and will be of value to students in economic history, economic development, history, political economy and anthropology.

About the authors

Ola Olsson is Professor of Economic History at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. His research interests are long-run economic development, economic growth, political economy and the economics of conflict.

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Book Title
Prehistorical Economics
Book Subtitle
From African Origins to Early States
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Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
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978-1-137-60240-4
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1
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