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A Brief History of EntrepreneurshipThe Pioneers, Profiteers, and Racketeers Who Shaped Our World$
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Joe Carlen

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231173049

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231173049.001.0001

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“One Shekel of Your Private Silver”

“One Shekel of Your Private Silver”

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A Brief History of Entrepreneurship

Joe Carlen

Columbia University Press

What role did the entrepreneur play in shaping Ancient Mesopotamia, the “cradle of civilization”? This chapter demonstrates how the entrepreneurial drive transformed this pagan Middle Eastern society. Most relevantly, it helped spur Mesopotamia’s transition from an agrarian Bronze Age economy to a bustling hub of urban commerce, now a defining characteristic of Western Civilization. It will also highlight how this transformation spurred similar development throughout the then-known world.

Keywords:   Mesopotamia, Ancient Mesopotamia, Mesopotamian Entrepreneurship, Civilization, Urban Commerce, Merchant Guilds

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