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Capitalism, primitive and modern : some aspects of Tolai economic growth

Epstein, T. Scarlett


A flexible social system with a monetised economy and many of the features of a modern capitalistic society is unusual among underdeveloped peoples. Such a system existed among the Tolai of New Britain long before European contact, though at the same time they were a primitive, cannibalistic people. In the last seventy years they have come to be regarded as the most advanced and sophisticated people in the whole of New Guinea. From her intimate knowledge of conditions among the Tolai the author...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Press (1965-Present)
Date published: 1968
Type: Book
Access Rights: Open Access


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