A different view on money in history

The first of my new sources that I found was an article titled Money in Mesopotamia. The author of the article talks about the different material money was made out of during different time periods and the problems that were encountered with those materials. The author takes the approach of telling the history of the money used in Mesopotamia and then goes into defining terms that describe the different types and uses of money. This article gives me the basis of the history of money which I needed.


The second article I found was titled The Money Making in Ancient China: A Literature Review Journey Through Ancient Texts. The author states right at the beginning what he is going to talk about in his article. He first talks about a book called the Analects by Confucius and focuses on the parts that relate to wealth and high ranking positions. He then goes and examines Records of the Grand Historians of China which provides different ways to attain wealth and then switches a text of the Han Dynasty which has a different view point on making money. The author finishes with a look at economic policies and private business. I like the fact that this article wasn’t solely focused on ancient money but the history of making money which lets me have even more information not so much on the history of money but on how money worked in ancient times.


The third source I found was a TedTalk titled Silk, the ancient material of the future. Fiorenzo Omenetto talks about the different uses of silk such as it is edible and medical uses. Silk was a big part of trade in China since silk was only produced in China. I find it interesting that silk has so many different purposes but we really only know of one which is silk being made into clothing. Since silk was involved in trade and bartering it relates to my area of inquiry but this makes me wonder if silk was used in any of these ways in ancient China or in other places that would make it even more valuable.




The final source I found was a TedTalk titled How a penny made me feel like a millionaire. Tania Luna talks about how her life as a child changed when she moved from Ukraine to America when she was six. When she first got to New York, she finds a penny which makes her feel rich and she experiences the same feeling when she finds a bag of stuffed toys. She never takes the things she has for granted today. This doesn’t relate to the area of my inquiry at first but when I think about it, the smallest amount of money can make anyone feel rich. I would like to see if there is anything like this describe in history or if I will always wonder