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Title Symbols of power : ten coins that changed the world / editor, Thomas Hockenhull ; authors, Robert Bracey, Barrie Cook, Amelia Dowler, Paramdip Khera, Helen Wang
Imprint New York : Columbia University Press, 2015
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  HG231 .S96 2015    AVAILABLE    30610020477139
 Modern History Library  332.5 S986    AVAILABLE    30550100608221
Descript 160 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 150-154) and index
Money makes the world. For millennia, currencies have brought order (and disorder) to human society, directing trade, growing economies, developing national identities and religions-and spreading empires. More than ever, money's power to shape our character, out politics, and our daily lives is clear. This revelatory history of ten major currencies details how the trajectory of world civilization is bound up with the movement of money. From the earliest measures of precious metals to the global fiat currencies we use today, the evolution of the shekel the drachma, the denarius the florin, the franc the mark, the rupee the yen, the pound, and the dollar tracks closely with the rise and fall of influential rulers, governments, and imperial powers. These coins have acted as powerful symbols of political expression and continuity despite deeply disruptive social, economic, and political change. Rich with illustrations from the famous collections at the British Museum and elsewhere, this book charts the fascinating path of each coin as it has traveled throughout history. Book jacket
Subject Coins -- History
Money -- History
Money -- Social aspects
Alt Author Hockenhull, Thomas, editor
Bracey, Robert, author
Cook, Barrie, 1929- author
Dowler, Amelia, 1979- author
Khera, Paramdip Kaur, author
Wang, Helen, 1965- author
Alt Title Ten coins that changed the world
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