Gold: A Cultural Encyclopedia: A Cultural Encyclopedia

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ABC-CLIO, Apr 12, 2011 - Social Science - 315 pages
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Gold has been an intrinsic part of human culture and society throughout the world, both in ancient times and in the modern era. This precious metal has also played a central role in economics and politics throughout history. In fact, the value of gold remains a topic of debate amid the current upheavals of economic conditions and attendant reevaluations of modern financial principles.

Gold: A Cultural Encyclopedia consists of more than 130 entries that encompass every aspect of gold, ranging from the ancient metallurgical arts to contemporary economies. The connections between these interdisciplinary subjects are explored and analyzed to highlight the many ways humankind's fascination with gold reflects historical, cultural, economic, and geographic developments. While the majority of the works related to gold focus on economic theory, this text goes beyond that to take a more sociocultural approach to the subject.


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Writer and educator Venable has here compiled some 130 wide-ranging alphabetically arranged entries under several major subjects relating to this precious metal, such as, "Adornment," "Art," "Money ... Read full review


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Shannon L. Venable, veteran writer and educator, is an authority on the economic and social implications of luxury and wealth.

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