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GUEST,Pete M at work BS: Kyoto: Was US right to ditch the deal? (128* d) RE: BS: Kyoto: Was US right to ditch the deal? 04 Apr 01


Alex I would be interested in the source of the dates you quote for the introduction of money and armies. Certainly the concept of money (an abstract intermediate allowing the exchange of goods and services at an agreed equivalence) and armies in the sense of a corps of professional fighters are so far as I am aware both dependent on a civilization developing to a point of consistent surplus production. Whilst this may be 'old' it is comparitively modern in terms of human existence. I would have thought that around 3 - 5000 years ago would have been more accurate, but I'm willing to be corrected.

Pete M




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