Wages and Currency: Global Comparisons from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century

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Jan Lucassen
Peter Lang, 2007 - Business & Economics - 474 pages
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The basic hypothesis of this volume is that currency patterns may tell us something about the spread of wage payments in specific societies in history. As far as wages are paid in currency, in particular in coin, specific patterns of denominations produced and used in space and time may provide insights into the importance of wage labour in those societies. In this book, a number of specialists discuss the relationship between wages and currency, with reference to different countries and regions in Europe, Asia, and South America over more than 2000 years. The main purpose of this volume is to look for new sources from the fields of monetary history and numismatics for the occurrence and importance of wage labour in general. More specifically, the contributions offer new perspectives on those periods and those parts of the world where alternative sources for labour history were hitherto lacking; or, where a fresh view on the occurrence and nature of wage labour would be worthwhile.
 

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Contents

Preface
7
Official Salaries and Local Wages at Juyan
59
Some Aspects of Wage Payments and Coinage
77
A SouthChinese Currency Zone between the Twelfth
97
Currency Wage Payments and Large Funds Settlement
113
How Were Labourers Paid in the Philippine Islands
139
Money Supply Wage Labour
169
The Development of Coinage
193
Structure and Movement ofWages in the Mughal Empire
293
Long Distance Trade Coinage and Wages in India
323
Changing Patterns
349
Wages and the Problem of Monetary Scarcity in Early
391
Collective Bibliography
411
List of Figures Maps and Tables
439
Subject Index
445
Name Index
459

The Case in Britain up to c 1600
211
Wage Payments and Currency Circulation in
221
Mexico Santo Domingo
265
Notes on Contributors
473
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The Editor: Jan Lucassen (1947) is Senior Research Fellow at the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, and Professor of International and Comparative Social History, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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