This edited volume is the outcome of two Swedish interdisciplinary conferences on Global Histories held in 2011 and 2012, followed by a conference on the theme of trade and civilization at Gothenberg in May 2013. The topic of trade and civilization is one that has long permeated archaeological studies of the past. This volume attempts to address this theme by bringing together contributions from a range of authors that cover the period from the Bronze Age to around 1600 CE.

In the opening chapter, K. Kristiansen situates the volume within the theoretical framework surrounding discourse on trade and civilization. Kristiansen notes that this book comprises new research from the past few decades in a comprehensive sequel to the 1975 edited volume by J. A. Sabloff and C. C. Lamberg-Karlovsky, Ancient Civilization and Trade. The evolution of trade networks in premodern societies is attributed to both internal and external factors,...

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