The Ancient Egyptian Economy: 3000–30 BCE

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Cambridge University Press, 2 aug. 2016
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This book is the first economic history of ancient Egypt covering the entire pharaonic period, 3000–30 BCE, and employing a New Institutional Economics approach. It argues that the ancient Egyptian state encouraged an increasingly widespread and sophisticated use of writing through time, primarily in order to better document and more efficiently exact taxes for redistribution. The increased use of writing, however, also resulted in increased documentation and enforcement of private property titles and transfers, gradually lowering their transaction costs relative to redistribution. The book also argues that the increasing use of silver as a unified measure of value, medium of exchange, and store of wealth also lowered transaction costs for high value exchanges. The increasing use of silver in turn allowed the state to exact transfer taxes in silver, providing it with an economic incentive to further document and enforce private property titles and transfers.
 

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THE EARLY DYNASTIC PERIOD c 30002686 BCE
13
THE OLD KINGDOM AND THE FIRST INTERMEDIATE
21
THE MIDDLE KINGDOM AND THE SECOND
54
THE NEW KINGDOM c 15501069 BCE
92
THE THIRD INTERMEDIATE PERIOD c 1069664 BCE
142
THE SAITE AND PERSIAN PERIODS 664332 BCE
173
THE PTOLEMAIC PERIOD 33230 BCE
211
CONCLUSION
253
Notes
259
Bibliography
331
Source Index
363
Subject Index
369
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Brian Muhs is Associate Professor of Egyptology at the Oriental Institute and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. He studies the history of ancient Egyptian social, economic, and legal institutions, particularly during the transition from pharaonic to Ptolemaic and Roman rule, and has published two books on taxation in Ptolemaic Egypt, and numerous articles.

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