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The Origins of Globalization

1st Edition

By Karl Moore, David Charles Lewis


292 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Origins of Globalization draws widely on ancient sources and modern economic theory to detail the concept of “known world” globalization, arguing that a mixed economy--similar in many respects to our own--existed in a variety of forms throughout the ancient world. By analyzing the business practices of the ancient world--phenomena such as resource and market seeking behavior, international trade from China, India and Rome, to Africa and even northern and western parts of Europe, Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs) operating internationally and outsourcing production, multicultural workforces, tariff reduced zones, interregional tax issues, and the management of currency risks--the authors provide readers with a unique historical interpretation of the contemporary globalizing economy and a durable theoretical framework for future historical economic analyses.


'The Origins of Globalization is a time-travel romp through ancient times. It is a great adventure - and profoundly instructive of the way the world works.'Neil Reynolds, The Globe and Mail

'This book shows that business globalisation is as old as the Pyramids. Modern readers can gain a much broader perspective on how to deal with today’s opportunities and challenges' George Yip, Beckwith Professor of Management Studies, Cambridge University

'A must read for anyone interested in the evolution and future of multinationals' Vijay Govindarajan, Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business, The Amos Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Modern International Business Theory and the Ancient World 2. From Temple to Palace: Trade and Enterprise in the Early Bronze Age, 3500-2000BCE 3. The Golden Age of The Temple Economy: Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley: From Early Bronze IV: 2250- 2000BCE 4. The Assyrians and Babylonians Preview the Multinational: The Middle Bronze Age: 2000-1500BCE 5. Maritime Capitalism: Intercontinental Trade and Investment under the Phoenicians: 1500-500BCE 6. Greece: Free-Market Revolution in the Aegean: 825-480BCE 7. Publicans and Patriarchs: The Rise of Roman Family Enterprise: 146BCE-AD14 8. Conclusion

About the Authors

Karl Moore is Associate Professor of Management at McGill University, Canada.

David C. Lewis teaches world history at California State University, USA.

About the Series

Routledge International Studies in Business History

Recent years have seen an explosion of research in business history. Business history is now seen variously as a key to understanding a vital aspect of the past, a source of parallels and insights into modern business practice, and a way of understanding the evolution of modern business practice. This series is not limited to any single approach, and explores a wide range of issues and industries.

Authors wishing to submit proposals for publication consideration in the Routledge International Studies in Business History series can contact series editors Jeffrey Fear ( and Christina Lubinski (

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Economics