D. Hoyer, Money, Culture, and Well-Being in Rome's Economic Development

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Daniel Hoyer, Money, Culture, and Well-Being in Rome's Economic Development, 0-275 CE, Leyde, 2018.

Éditeur : Brill
Collection : Mnemosyne, Supplements
xiii, 215 pages
ISBN : 978-90-04-35828-7
89 €

The Roman Empire has long held pride of place in the collective memory of scholars, politicians, and the general public in the western world. In Money, Culture, and Well-Being in Rome's Economic Development, 0-275 CE, Daniel Hoyer offers a new approach to explain Rome's remarkable development.
Hoyer surveys a broad selection of material to see how this diverse body of evidence can be reconciled to produce a single, coherent picture of the Roman economy. Engaging with social scientific and economic theory, Hoyer highlights key issues in economic history, placing the Roman Empire in its rightful place as a special—but not wholly unique—example of a successful preindustrial state.

List of Illustrations
List of Roman Emperors

1. Introduction: Approaching the Imperial Roman Economy
1  Central Aims of the Book
2  Who Will Read This? Target Audiences
3  Lingering Questions about Imperial Rome
4  The Many Faces of Roman Economic History
5  From Fine-Grained to ‘Big Picture': Methods and Treatment of the Evidence
6  The Contribution of Modern Thinking to Ancient Problems
7  Book Organization
8  Terms and Definitions

2. The Gift That Kept on Giving: Perpetual Endowments and the Role of Prosociality in Rome's Economic Development
1  The Evolution of Prosocial Traits from the Early Days of Rome
2  Prosociality, Charity, and Social Capital: How Elite Benefaction Came to Be
3  Perpetual Foundations: The Gift That Kept on Giving
4  What Lies under the Epiphenomena?

3. Investing in the Roman Economy: Material Evidence for Economic Development
1  Benefactions as Wealth Generators
2  Investment Opportunities in the Roman Economy
3  Money in the Roman Economy: The Numismatic Evidence
4  Supplying the Demand: Coinage, Monetization, and Market Development

4. Aligning Public and Private Interests: Public Building, Private Money, and Urban Development
1  Public Needs and Private Incentives
2  Rome: A World of Cities
3  Public Building in the Cities of Roman Africa: A Case Study
4  Urbanization and the Development of the Non-Agrarian Sectors
5  The Surprisingly Short Reach of the Roman State
6  The Public Deeds of Private Citizens
7  Aligning Interests

5. Measuring Economic Performance beyond GDP: Economic Growth, Income Inequality, and Roman Living Standards
1  Real Growth in the Pre-Modern World? Debates, Controversies, and Confusion in Roman Economic History
2  Proxy Evidence: Extrapolation or Hypothesis Testing?
3  Rome's 99 %: Economic Capacity and the Distribution of Wealth
4  Sharing the Spoils of Success: Increasing Living Standards with Public Goods
5  Collective Action and Prosociality in the Creation of Public Goods

6. From Prosociality to Civil Strife: Conflict, Stagnation, and Growing Regional Divides in the Third Century CE
1  An Overview of the ‘Crises' of the Third Century
2  What Really Happened after 235 CE?
3  Money, Investment, and Markets
4  Production and Exchange
5  The End of Roman Prosociality?

Conclusion: Rome's Place in a Global History of Development

Appendix 1: List of Inscriptions from the Western Empire Recording Interest being Drawn
Appendix 2: List of Building Inscriptions from the North African Provinces Recording the Sponsor


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