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Economic Prehistory

  • Eva Rosenstock
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)

Abstract

Prehistory encompasses the period from the origins of human culture to the advent of the written record. This chapter discusses why prehistory should be important for economists and economic historians. Its author places an emphasis on hunter-gatherer economies, farming economies, craft specialisation and trade. The chapter concludes with a discussion of how, practically, economics can help scholars to better understand this period.

JEL Classification

N00 N10 N50 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eva Rosenstock
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  1. 1.Freie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

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