Title: Financing the Egyptian Economy During the Dynastic Period
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Abstract: After an overview of the core perspectives and theoretical positions developed in The Roots of Western Finance and Hidden Interests in Credit and Finance published with Jim Greenberg in 2017, Tad Park will focus the lecture on the first volume’s third chapter (on Egypt) and the ways the world’s most enduring civilization financed itself. This involved ethical motivation, religious convictions about the afterlife, the development of sophisticated prebends and a prolifereation and renewal of endowed institutions. None of this would have worked without a frequent surplus derived from a chaotic riverine ecology.