The limits of the possible
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The dispute between formalists and substantivists is by no means the only theoretical issue underlying discussions of the ancient economy, although it has tended to claim the most attention from historians. Another key difference is the question of whether human development should be conceived primarily in ‘idealist’ or ‘materialist’ terms-or rather, as it is clearly a mixture of both, which one should be given explanatory precedence. What kinds of factors determine the course of human history?