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By James L. Stokesbury

ISBN-10: 0061983489

ISBN-13: 9780061983481

The 1st one-volume survey of the yank Revolution that's either aim and complete, this impressive narrative heritage strains the expansion of a clash that inexorably set the yankee colonies at the highway to independence. providing a lively chronicle of the warfare itself -- the campaigns and techniques, the leaders on either side, the issues of fielding and maintaining a military, and of preserving morale -- Stokesbury additionally brings the reader to the Peace of Paris in 1783 and into the miltarily exhausted, financially ruined but positive usa because it emerged to create a doable nationwide system.

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14 The economic functioning of these institutions was not based on the simultaneous functioning of interconnected markets, with exchange mechanisms and supply-and-demand equilibriums that permitted the circulation of goods throughout the society. It was based, in general, on either reciprocity or redistribution. In reciprocity, the individual hunts, farms, or otherwise works to produce a product, which may then be given to a relative, clansman, or other address dictated by customary rules. The recipient may not repay the gift directly, but somewhere in the society (or perhaps in a neighboring one), there is a person or group of persons who give produce to the donor.

Finley’s comment is not based so much upon Demosthenes’ words as upon the absence of these concepts from Greek literature in general; the most alarming example is Xenophon’s Ways and Means. 4 If the ancient Greek economy was much like our own, the Greeks themselves seem to have been most uncharacteristically obtuse in their understanding of it. 6 J. Hasebroek’s later study took more careful account of the extent of commerce in ancient Greece but argued that it was the domain of outsiders, metics, and foreigners, not usually an essential function of the polis and not an important factor in determining policy.

Aristotle recognized two sorts of value, one appropriate to the specific item itself and one not so. The use of every commodity is double. Both uses, it is true, belong to the thing, but not in the same way; rather, one is specific to the thing and one is not—as, for example, a shoe has a wearing use and an exchanging use. Both of these are uses of a shoe; and a person who exchanges with somebody who needs a shoe in exchange for money or food is using the shoe as a shoe, but not in its specific use, for it does not exist32 for the sake of exchange.

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