Six Thousand Years of Bread: It's Holy and Unholy History

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Give us this day our daily bread. From ancient Egypt to modern times, bread is the essential food, the symbol of fundamental well-being. H.E. Jacob takes readers through the history of this staple, examining its role in politics, religion, and technology, and answering such questions as how bread caused Napoleon's defeat. The fascinating voyage begins with "The Bread of Prehistoric Man," and continues with an exploration of the plow, the discovery of baking, the Grecian passion for seed corn and reverence for the...

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Give us this day our daily bread. From ancient Egypt to modern times, bread is the essential food, the symbol of fundamental well-being. H.E. Jacob takes readers through the history of this staple, examining its role in politics, religion, and technology, and answering such questions as how bread caused Napoleon's defeat. The fascinating voyage begins with "The Bread of Prehistoric Man," and continues with an exploration of the plow, the discovery of baking, the Grecian passion for seed corn and reverence for the bread goddess Demeter, the significance of the Bible's many references to bread, and how bread contributed to the outcome of World War I. In a poignant conclusion, Jacob describes his own experiences subsisting on bread made of sawdust in a Nazi concentration camp.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781602391246
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 5.90 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2011

    have you ever wondered how you got here?

    A must read for those who have interests ranging from kitchen arts to geopolitics.
    this read answers how we got to where we are. All thanks to a grain of wheat and mans ability and need to observe.Easy to digest and retain,totally engrossing.I bless the grains and the rain each time I consume bread now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2008

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    This is a very interesting book which sets forth the impact that bread has throughout history, art, religion and politics down through the ages. Beginning with the earliest cultivators of grains through the manmade famines of World War II Jacob details the close relationship that bread has had with the growth of human civilization. The book does not take a merely historical approach but rather provides an overview of human development through bread¿s effect on art, religion, society and government. One learns why the miller was considered a force of evil in medieval Europe, why the peasants were tied to the land and the effect this had on class interaction and the role of bread in the development of Christianity. There is quite a bit of commentary on the advantages that America had vis a vi Europe in regard to our relationship to bread. The vast social changes caused in America by our forefather¿s initial reliance on corn as opposed to wheat are an especially fascinating section of this book. Although the book was written during World War II it is till relevant today. This book will be enjoyed by anyone who studies history, art, religion, sociology and related subjects.

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