From Jack Weatherford’s thorough, delightful, and easy to read book History of Money:
The great struggle of history has been for the control over money. It is almost tautological to affirm that to control the production and distribution of money is to control the wealth, resources, and people of the world. Over time, competitors have aligned themselves into various factions, institutions, governments, banks, guilds, corporations, religious orders, and great families; but from the minting of the first coin until today, the struggle has never abated for more than a brief respite of a century or two.
Weatherford, by the way, is quite an accomplished writer. I became a fan while reading his book “Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World”.
I recently shared 19 highlights from the book on my blog.