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Money, theory of
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1. Terminology

Money has demonstrably been in use since early civilizations. Its economic and social significance is clear from its etymology. The adjective pecuniary goes back to Latin pecus (“cattle,” which at one time also served as a medium of exchange; from it we have the Latin pecunia, “money”). On the Capitolin…

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Rieter, Heinz, “Money, theory of”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 15 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019756>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128



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