The World History of Beekeeping and Honey Hunting

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Taylor & Francis, 1999 - Nature - 682 pages
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"The author, who was director of the International Bee Research Association for 35 years, provides extensive coverage of historical methodological information about bees, beekeeping, and honey. It is an excellent reference source with chapters about honey-storing insects throughout the world, the origins of hive beekeeping in ancient Egypt, controlling bees, drinks made from the fermentation of honey, and beeswax. Over 400 black-and-white drawings, diagrams, and woodcuts illustrate the book. This fascinating volume is a useful addition to all reference collections."--"Outstanding reference sources 2000", American Libraries, May 2000. Comp. by the Reference Sources Committee, RUSA, ALA.
  

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Contents

The Structure of the Book
1
The Ancestry of HoneyStoring Insects
7
Features of Honey Bees in Relation to their Use by Man
19
Animals other than Man in Relation to Bees
25
Mans First Interactions with Bees and Honey
35
Honey and Bee Hunting with Examples in the Mediterranean Region
43
Honey Hunting in Africa South of the Sahara
49
Honey Hunting in TemperateZone Europe
62
Traditional Hive Beekeeping with Honey Bees in the Americas and Oceania
303
History of Apiaries
312
PART VI
327
History of Controlling Bees with Smoke and Other Substances
341
History of Migratory Beekeeping
347
Transport and Spread of Honey Bees around the World
354
History of Observation Hives
379
PART VII
385

Honey Hunting in Asia East of Persia
71
Stingless Bees
81
Introduced Honey Bees
91
Bumble Bees HoneyStoring Wasps and Honey Ants
99
PART III
105
Ownership and Rights of Using Nests and Nest Sites in Asia East of Persia
116
Tending and Beekeeping
127
Ownership and Tending
141
Tending and Beekeeping
147
Tending and Beekeeping
154
Originations of Hive Beekeeping and Its Early Development in Egypt
161
Traditional Hive Beekeeping to the East South and West of
172
Traditional Hive Beekeeping in Mediterranean Islands
184
Traditional Hive Beekeeping in Ancient Greece
196
Traditional Hive Beekeeping in the Roman World
203
Traditional Hive Beekeeping in Europe I The South
212
Traditional Hive Beekeeping in Europe II The Northern Forest Zone
226
Traditional Hive Beekeeping in Europe IH West of the Forest Zone
238
Traditional Hive Beekeeping in Africa South of the Sahara
258
Traditional Hive Beekeeping in Asia East of Persia
270
Traditional Hive Beekeeping with Stingless Bees
288
Traditional MovableComb Hives with TopBars
395
Rational Improvements in Hives 16491851
405
PART VIII
425
History of Beekeepers Associations and Beekeeping Journals
446
Inventions and Advances that made MovableFrame Beekeeping more
457
History of Rearing Queens and Bees for Beekeeping
465
History of the Use of Bees for Crop Pollination
472
PART IX
481
History of the Uses of Honey
502
History of Drinks Made by the Fermentation of Honey
513
History of the Uses of Beeswax
524
History of the Use of Bees as Stinging Insects
539
History of Other Products from Bees
545
PARTX
555
History of Gender Roles
583
Bees and Bee Products in World Religions
593
References to bees beekeeping honey and beeswax
609
Bibliography
615
Index of Personal Names
659
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About the author (1999)

Eva Crane was director of the International Bee Research Association for 35 years, and is one of the world's leading authorities on bees. Her other books include The Archaeology of Beekeeping (1984), Bees and Beekeeping: Science Practices and World Resources and From Where I Sit: Essays on Bees, Beekeeping, and Science.

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