Bruce A. McMenomy, Ph.D. and Christe A. McMenomy, Ph.D. for Scholars Online
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40: Mon, Feb 5, 2018
Please post in the forum for the day a short essay in response to this question:
Practical economic power in the societies we’ve studied so far this year has usually depended on the control or ownership of the land, or on control of trade — either the machinery or routes supporting it. In Rome and China, for example, land ownership remained a dominant issue; in Islamic societies, and in the Sassanid Empire, trade was probably more important, and merchants were respected more than they typically were in the former states. How do these issues manifest themselves in Africa, and how does an economy primarily based on trade create a different kind of power pattern from one based on agriculture and land ownership? You should consider:
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