Business Ethics from Antiquity to the 19th Century: An Economist's View

  • 7h 32m
  • David George Surdam
  • Springer
  • 2020

This book combines elements of economic and business history to study business ethics from antiquity to the nineteenth century. This book begins with so-called primitive people, showing how humans began to exchange goods and commodities from trade as a way to keep peace and prosper. The ancients considered the value and ethics of business, and many of their reflections influenced medieval Catholic thinkers and business participants. Protestants elevated working and profit-making to the respectable and virtuous, and some groups, such as Quakers, came to exemplify good business ethics.

This book draws on the work of economists and historians to highlight the importance of changing technologies, religious beliefs, and cultural attitudes, showing that what is considered ethical differs across time and place.

About the Author

David George Surdam is Professor of Economics at the University of Northern Iowa, USA.

In this Book

  • You Can't Live (Well) without Business Ethics
  • Overview of Business Ethics
  • Primitive Trade
  • Ancient Trade in the near East
  • Greek Society
  • Roman Society
  • Jewish and Christian Attitudes
  • Islam and Business Ethics
  • Medieval Business Ethics
  • Medieval Ethics and Markets
  • Early Modern Europe and Resurging Trade
  • Birth of a Consumer Society in Eighteenth-Century England
  • Quakers and Business Ethics
  • Labor Relations Through the Ages
  • Slavery Throughout History
  • Conclusion