A History of World Agriculture provides a grand narrative of ten thousand years of human ingenuity and a penetrating analysis of the rise of agriculture and its handmaid - civilization itself. Coverage is panoramic and breathtaking. From the Near East and Egypt to China, the Americas and medieval and modern Europe, the book traces the rise of agriculture and examines the tapestry of the social and economic structures it nurtured. Most critically, the authors, looking through the lens of the current global poverty crisis, turn the spotlight of history on the present and future to show how this extraordinary wealth of knowledge, tradition and natural variety - developed over 500 generations - is now endangered by today's mechanized and globalized corporate agriculture.
A magnificent book, by far the best ever produced on the subject.'
'Replete with rich reflections on agriculture . . . It is a testament to the enormous erudition of its authors and a defense of peasant economies victimized by neoliberal policies.'
Le Matin (France)
'This book is a major contribution to the analysis of agricultural history as well as to reflection on the long term economic, social and environmental development of society.'
Michel Griffon, Hum Ecol (2008)
Introduction * Evolution, Agriculture, History *The Neolithic Agricultural Revolution * Systems of Slash-and-Burn Agriculture in Forest Environments: Deforestation and the Formation of Post-Forest Agrarian Systems * The Evolution of Hydraulic Agrarian Systems in the Nile Valley * The Inca Agrarian System: A Mountain Agrarian System * Agrarian Systems Based on Fallowing and Animal-Drawn Cultivation with the Ard in the Temperate Regions: The Agricultural Revolution in Antiquity * Agrarian Systems Based on Fallowing and Animal-Drawn Cultivation with the Plow in the Cold Temperate Regions: The Agricultural Revolution of the Middle Ages in Northwestern Europe * Agrarian Systems without Fallowing in the Temperate Regions: The First Agricultural Revolution of Modern Times * The Mechanization of Animal-Drawn Cultivation and the Transportation Revolution: The First World Crisis of Agricultural Overproduction * The Second Agricultural Revolution of Modern Times: Motorization, Mechanization, Synthetic Fertilizers, Seed Selection, and Specialization * Agrarian Crisis and General Crisis * Conclusion
Number Of Pages: 522
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.19
Weight (kg): 0.69
Edition Number: 1