The History and Social Influence of the Potato / Edition 2

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Overview

First published in 1949, this remarkable book is the culmination of a life-long study of every aspect of the potato. Dr Salaman is concerned first with the history of the potato as a member of the botanical genus Solanum, its adaptation by man as a cultivated plant, and the record of its spread throughout the world; secondly he considers the influence the potato has exerted upon the social structure and economy of different peoples at different times. The archaeological and anthropological evidence for the early significance of the potato among the peoples of Latin America is discussed in detail with numerous illustrations, but the central portion of the book is concerned with the European, and particularly the Irish evidence. Naturally the Great Hunger is the most dramatic single episode in the entire work, and Dr Salaman does full justice to his tragic theme, concluding with the observation that in Ireland 'the potato ended in wrecking both exploited and exploiter'. Elegantly written, with numerous vivid anecdotes, Salaman's History has long enjoyed the status of a classic. This revised impression, with a new introduction and emendations by Professor J. G. Hawkes, enables another generation of readers to sample what Eric Hobsbawm has referred to as 'that magnificent monument of scholarship and humanity'.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521316231
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 768
  • Sales rank: 713,277
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the revised impression; Preface; Illustrations; 1. Immigrant man and the Andean potato; 2. The archaeological record; 3. The potato in pre-Spanish Peru; 4. The Inca period; 5. The potatoes of America and their relation to the early European varieties; 6. Early descriptions of the potato in Europe; 7. 'Vertues', vices and values; 8. Names and aliases; 9. The introduction to Europe: the Raleigh and other legends; 10. Potato varieties: past, present and future; 11. The potato in Ireland in the sixteenth century; 12. The potato in Ireland in the seventeenth century; 13. The potato in Ireland in the eighteenth century; 14. The period of Irish self-government; 15. Ireland in the nineteenth century; 16. The potato famine: its causes and consequences; 17. The potato in post-famine Ireland; 18. The potato's part in the tragedy of Ireland; 19. The potato in Scotland; 20. The potato in the highlands of Scotland; 21 The potato in the lowlands of Scotland; 22. The potato in Wales; 23. The potato of Shakespeare and the Jacobeans; 24. The seventeenth century: the first hundred years of the potato's progress in Great Britain; 25. The eighteenth century; 26. The nineteenth century and after; 27. The relation between potato and bread consumption; 28. The potato in Tristan de Cunha; 29. The potato in St Helena; 30. The potato in Jersey; 31. The industrial uses of the potato; 32. The potato in war-time; 33. The implements of production; 34. The potato in the realm of art; Epilogue; Appendix; Bibliography; Index; Note.

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