Seeds of Change: Five Plants That Transformed Mankind

Seeds of Change: Five Plants That Transformed Mankind

by Henry Hobhouse
     
 

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Five plants--quinine, sugar cane, tea, cotton, and potato--have been powerful political historical catalysts, argues this speculative journalist. "Wise and witty . . . deserves to become a classic."--Publishers Weekly  See more details below

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Five plants--quinine, sugar cane, tea, cotton, and potato--have been powerful political historical catalysts, argues this speculative journalist. "Wise and witty . . . deserves to become a classic."--Publishers Weekly

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This book, devoted to quinine, sugar, tea, cotton, and the potato, is not just about plants but about history. It shows how certain plants influenced the course of human affairs, often negatively. Quinine, for instance, cures malaria, but that quality allowed temperate-climate peoples to exploit tropical areas. The development of cheap sugar is linked with slavery, and tea with opium. Seeds of Change is fascinating and well researched. (The chapter notes would have been handier as footnotesthey are too interesting to be overlooked.) Recommended. Katharine Galloway Garstka, Intergraph Corp., Huntsville, Ala.

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ISBN-13:
9780060156312
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/1986
Edition description:
1st U.S. ed
Pages:
256

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