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What actually is money? A new book examines early civilisations to find out

The central insight of David Birch's "Before Babylon" is that money is essentially a technology, just like any other and that technologies change—and improve—over time

By Jay Elwes   September 2017

Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin: From the Money That We Understand To Money That Understands Us

by David Birch (London Publishing Partnership, £22.50)

When a book comes along with glowing praise on its sleeve from Kenneth Rogoff and an introduction by Andrew Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England, you know you’ve got something hot on your hands. This analysis of money by one of the world’s leading experts on the subject does not disappoint.

Part history book, part futurology, Birch examines the earliest civilisations to answer the question of what…

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