A history of world agriculture: from the neolithic age to the current crisis

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Earthscan, Jan 1, 2006 - Agriculture - 512 pages
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A History of World Agriculture provides a grand narrative of ten thousand years of human ingenuity and a penetrating analysis of the rise of agriculture and its handmaid - civilization itself. Coverage is panoramic and breathtaking. From the Near East and Egypt to China, the Americas and medieval and modern Europe, the book traces the rise of agriculture and examines the tapestry of the social and economic structures it nurtured. Most critically, the authors, looking through the lens of the current global poverty crisis, turn the spotlight of history on the present and future to show how this extraordinary wealth of knowledge, tradition and natural variety - developed over 500 generations - is now endangered by today's mechanized and globalized corporate agriculture.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 19
Evolution Agriculture History 27
The Neolithic Agricultural Revolution 71
101
The Evolution of Hydraulic Agrarian Systems in the Nile Valley 143
A Mountain Agrarian System
Agrarian Systems Based on Fallowing and AnimalDrawn
Temperate Regions
The Mechanization of AnimalDrawn Cultivation and the 355
375
Agrarian Crisis and General Crisis 441
Conclusion
METRIC UNITS OF MEASUREMENT CONVERTED INTO 506
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