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But more important was the process of parallel development, for example of mercantile capitalism, which emerged from earlier trading activities such as those described in Markets in Africa by Dalton and Bohannon and that existed in all the post-Bronze Age societies, in the Near East, in India, in China, and in the Mediterranean.
With the emergence of mercantile capitalism, able-bodied West Africans were kidnapped and transported to the New World.
Hall's undertaking is to combine the theoretical tools of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari with that of Mikhail Bakhtin: 'territorialization' and 'inward dialogism' will reveal the dialectics of desire in the individual and society exacerbated by the boundless desires of mercantile capitalism in conflict with the bounded identities of court and nation state.