There are many different ways of thinking about money. Different fields of study consider money in different ways. If you can identify what you are most interested in, you’ll have a better chance of finding it. The links on this page are to the general fields (for convenience, the links are mostly to Wikipedia), and are not specific to East Asia.

Object-based research

  • Numismatics – the study of coins and other money-objects
  • Antiquarianism – concerned with an object-oriented approach to the past
  • Archaeology – the study of human activity through the recovery and analysis of material culture
  • Epigraphy – the study of inscriptions as writing
  • Metallurgy – the technology of metals

Text-based research

  • History – the study of the past
  • History of money – the history of the use of coins and other money-objects
  • Economic history – the study of economics or economic phenonema of the past
  • Financial history – the history of the management of revenues
  • Banking history – the history of banks and banking
  • Monetary history – the history of monetary policy

Theory/practice-based research

  • Economics –  the social science that describes the factors that determine the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services
  • Finance – the management of revenues, usually by a government
  • Monetary policy – the process by which the monetary authority of a country controls the supply of money
  • Economic anthropology – the study of human economic behaviour
  • Anthropology of money – includes money’s social roles and meanings