Money as Meaning
Knowledge & Values: History I
This course proceeds from the proposition that money is a kind of meaning, and focuses on the relationship between money and other forms of communication, such as writing and printing. It examines the changing roles of various kinds of money across time, from the earliest stone-age exchange systems through the birth of capitalism in the early modern period, and explores the various conceptions of money across cultures. Through the survey of the history of monies, students also gain familiarity with the broad outlines of global history to 1650. The course is designed to be of use to students in all majors and degree programs, and to contribute to the goals of a liberal arts education.