The Economic and Social Growth of early Greece 800 - 500 B.C.
Oxford University Press, New York, 1977. 267p. ills. Cloth wrps. Nice copy. 'Chester Starr has produced an absolutely irresistible intellectual feast for anyone interested in early economies. (...) 'Where the evidence is too weak or conflicting to support a generalization, Starr sidesteps the issue or maintains a neutral stance. Where the evidence is reasonably well-established, Starr's interpretations studiously avoid the projection of modern economic terminology and of nineteenth-centruy theoretical constructs such as capitalism, socialism, and so forth back into the Greek age of expansion. As he points out: 'the Greek language did not even have precise words for labor, capital, or entrepreneurs in their modern senses'. Instead, Starr relies for parallels upon 'economic and social developments in modern Europe, from the revival of the mid-fifteenth century on to the later decades of the eighteenth century…' and he does so with care, moderation, and an impressive avoidance of dogmatism.' (JAMES R. MILLAR in The Journal of Economic History, 1978, p.824). From the library of the late Prof. W. Geoffrey Arnott.