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- DescriptionThe survival of the human race since earliest times has depended on its exploitation of the land through agriculture. Mark Tauger looks at farming in early civilizations - from ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt to early China and India - and asks how it is that since farmers have played a critical role in the fate of the species that they have never enjoyed high social status. Following medieval farming through to imperialism, agricultural revolution, then to decolonisation, the Depression and the Cold War, this wide-ranging survey brings the story of farming right up to the present day.It examines contentious current issues, such as contrasting aspects of overproduction and famine, the role of the World Bank and the IMF, environmental issues and GMO. Accessibly written and following a chrological structure, this introduction illuminates key themes, such as ecomic theories of agriculture, the demands of a growing population, how labour is organised and the political and cultural impact of agriculture throughout the world.
- Author BiographyMark B. Tauger is an associate professor of history at West Virginia University, USA. He has published extensively on famines and agriculture in the USSR and India. His work has won the Eric Wolf Prize of the Journal of Peasant Studies and the Wayne D. Rasmussen Award of the Agricultural History Society.
- Author(s)Mark B. Tauger
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication29/10/2010
- SubjectAgriculture & Farming
- Series TitleThemes in World History
- Series Part/Volume Numberv. 10
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Note10 black & white tables
- Weight317 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine13 mm
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
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