Edible History of Humanity

Edible History of Humanity

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by Tom Standage
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802715885

ISBN-13: 9780802715883

Pub. Date: 05/19/2009

Publisher: Walker & Company

More than simply sustenance, food historically has been a kind of technology, changing the course of human progress by helping to build empires, promote industrialization, and decide the outcomes of wars. Tom Standage draws on archaeology, anthropology, and economics to reveal how food has helped shape and transform societies around the world, from the emergence of

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More than simply sustenance, food historically has been a kind of technology, changing the course of human progress by helping to build empires, promote industrialization, and decide the outcomes of wars. Tom Standage draws on archaeology, anthropology, and economics to reveal how food has helped shape and transform societies around the world, from the emergence of farming in China by 7500 b.c. to the use of sugar cane and corn to make ethanol today. An Edible History of Humanity is a fully satisfying account of human history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802715883
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
05/19/2009
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
203,069
Product dimensions:
9.56(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

INTRODUCTION Ingredients of the Past....................ix
PART I The Edible Foundations of Civilization 1 The Invention of Farming....................3
2 The Roots of Modernity....................16
PART II Food and Social Structure 3 Food, Wealth, and Power....................31
4 Follow the Food....................48
PART III Global Highways of Food 5 Splinters of Paradise....................63
6 Seeds of Empire....................85
PART IV Food, Energy, and Industrialization 7 New World, New Foods....................107
8 The Steam Engine and the Potato....................129
PART V Food as a Weapon 9 The Fuel of War....................145
10 Food Fight....................171
PART VI Food, Population, and Development 11 Feeding the World....................199
12 Paradoxes of Plenty....................221
EPILOGUE Ingredients of the Future....................238
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS....................243
NOTES....................245
SOURCES....................249
INDEX....................259

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