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It used to be thought that was the case, that before money people simply bartered and it wasn't until money that there was a solution for coincidence of wants. However, there is a recent thought that in early times, societies were small and local. They exchanged credit and good will. If someone in the community had a need, like didn't have enough food, ...


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There certainly were societies before money. It took thousands of years from the beginnings of agriculture to develop money, as of course people had no idea that they lacked money (it was an unknown unknown, rather than a known unknown, using the terminology of Donald Rumsfeld). In subsistence societies where your neighbours grow much the same as you, and ...


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Settlements started to pop up after the end of the last glaciation pretty much everywhere there was a good river valley and some kind of useful domesticable crop. Examples would be the Indus Valley with Tibetan Barley, peas, and sesame seeds, The Yangtze with rice, The Yellow River with millet, The Tehuacán Valley with maize, and The Altiplano with potatoes. ...


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