PART IV

Collateral Influences on Global Commercialization

While the merchants of numerous historic societies were directly involved in the commercial globalization of the world and the ancient products they transacted affected its growth and expansion across territories as enhanced and supported by the social infrastructures that arose around them, other influences contributed to the phenomenon taking place. Religion and government were strong collateral players. They both nourished and directed, allowing the early roots of globalization to take form. The philosophical doctrines of religions recognized the need to provide for announced expected ethical behaviors with respect to the exchange process and its by-product (i.e., wealth), reacting ...

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