The Mechanics of Extraction in Comparative Perspective
Published by: NYU Press
352 pages, 216.00 x 279.00 mm, 6 illustrations
- ISBN: 9781479806195
- Published: January 2021
A collection of studies that explore the extractive systems of twelve ancient states and societies from across the ancient world
The studies collected in Ancient Taxation explore the extractive systems of twelve ancient states and societies from across the ancient world, ranging from Bronze Age China to Anglo-Saxon Britain. Together, the contributors explore the challenges of taxation in predominantly agro-pastoral societies, including basic tax strategy (taxing goods vs. labor, in kind vs. money taxes, direct vs. indirect, internal vs. external, etc.), assessment and collection (particularly over wide geographic areas or at large scale, e.g., by tax farming), compliance, and negotiating the cooperation of social, economic, and political elites or other critical social groups. By assembling such a broad range of studies, the book sheds new light on the commonalities and differences between ancient taxation systems, highlighting how studying taxes can shed light on the fiscal and institutional practices of antiquity. It also provides new impetus for comparative research, both between ancient societies and between ancient and modern extractive practices.
This book will be of interest to those studying ancient history, economic history, the history of taxation, or comparative politics and economics.