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The Making of the Ancient Greek EconomyInstitutions, Markets, and Growth in the City-States$
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Alain Bresson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691183411

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691183411.001.0001

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International Trade Networks

International Trade Networks

(p.339) XIII International Trade Networks
The Making of the Ancient Greek Economy

Alain Bresson

, Steven Rendall
Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the complex commercial networks of international trade in ancient Greece, made possible by “creating” new products through the exploitation of the natural environment or through artisanal production and commerce. It begins with a discussion of how division of labor emerged in foreign trade and how it led to gains in productivity. It also describes the center-periphery model of the late Archaic period and the Classical period in relation to trade before considering the particular form of trade flows and networks of exchange in city-states, focusing on the role played by trade in promoting consumption and production as well as in determining prices. The remaining sections analyze the variety and complexity of systems of trade, using metals and textiles as examples; the notion of “regional network” for transporting goods over long distances; the “free rider” system in international trade; and actors involved in trade and redistribution centers.

Keywords:   commercial networks, international trade, labor division, production, center-periphery model, trade flows, consumption, metals, textiles, free rider system

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