State and Private Enterprise

Authored by: Edward Bleiberg

The Egyptian World

Print publication date:  September  2007
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415427265
eBook ISBN: 9780203820933
Adobe ISBN: 9781136753770

10.4324/9780203820933.ch13

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Abstract

Scholars still debate the nature of, and connections between, state and private enterprise in ancient Egypt. While many researchers have regarded the state and its associated temples as the major focus of economic activity in Egypt, increasingly others have come to treat the individual household as the more significant unit of analysis. Perhaps the future of Egyptian economic history lies in understanding how, or even whether, state and private enterprise connected to each other in different historical periods.

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