Botanical Progress, Horticultural Innovations, and Cultural Changes

Botanical Progress, Horticultural Innovations, and Cultural Changes

by Michel Conan
     
 

From Roman times to the present, knowledge of plants and their cultivation have exerted a deep impact on cultural changes. This book highlights the religious, artistic, political, and economic consequences of horticultural pursuits. Far from a mere trade, horticulture profoundly affected Jewish and Persian mystical poetry and caused deep changes in Ottoman arts.

Overview


From Roman times to the present, knowledge of plants and their cultivation have exerted a deep impact on cultural changes. This book highlights the religious, artistic, political, and economic consequences of horticultural pursuits. Far from a mere trade, horticulture profoundly affected Jewish and Persian mystical poetry and caused deep changes in Ottoman arts. It contributed to economic and political changes in Judea, Al Andalus, Japan, Yuan China, early modern Mexico, Europe, and the United States. This book explores the roles of peasants, botanists, horticulturists, nurserymen and gentlemen collectors in these developments, and concludes with a reflection on the future of horticulture in the present context of widespread environmental devastation and ecological uncertainty.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780884023272
Publisher:
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Series:
Dumbarton Oaks Colloquium Series in the History of Landscape Architecture, #28
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 10.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

?Michel Conan is the former Director of Garden and Landscape Studies, Dumbarton Oaks.

?W. John Kress is Chairman of the Department of Botany at Smithsonian Institution.

Susan Toby Evans is Professor of Anthropology at The Pennsylvania State University.

Elliot R. Wolfson is Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University.

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