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    DescriptionMore than simply sustenance, food historically has been a kind of technology, changing the course of human progress by helping to build empires, promote industrialization, and decide the outcomes of wars. Tom Standage draws on archaeology, anthropology, and economics to reveal how food has helped shape and transform societies around the world, from the emergence of farming in China by 7500 b.c. to the use of sugar cane and corn to make ethanol today. "An Edible History of Humanity "is a fully satisfying account of human history.


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    Title
    An Edible History of Humanity
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tom Standage
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 269
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780802719911
    ISBN 10: 0802719910
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG, HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: WB
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Libri: I-HP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BISAC V2.8: CKB041000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24510
    BISAC V2.8: SOC055000
    B&T Approval Code: A97400000, A14530000
    DC21: 394.1209
    DC22: 394.1209
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000
    DC22: 394.1/209
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: GT2850 .S73 2010
    Thema V1.0: NHB, WB, NHTB
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, black & white line drawings, maps
    Publisher
    Walker & Company
    Imprint name
    Walker & Company
    Publication date
    27 April 2010
    Author Information
    Tom Standage is business editor at "The Economist" magazine and the author of four works of history, including "A History of the World in 6 Glasses "and "The Victorian Internet. "He has also written for the "Guardian," the" New York Times," "Wired, "and other publications. He is married and has two children.
    Review quote
    "A fascinating history of the role of food in causing, enabling and influencing successive transformations of human society ... An extraordinary and well-told story, a much neglected dimension to history."--Sir Crispin Tickell, "Financial Times""The emphasis on food as a cultural catalyst differentiates Standage from Michael Pollan, whose plants' eye view of the world keeps the consumables central. With Standage it is not what changes in food that matters, but rather what food changes. And it's not just one food lifting and guiding history, but what Adam Smith might have called the 'invisible fork' of food economics.""--New Scientist""Earliest civilizations appeared on earth when farmers banded together and exploited their excess crops as a means of trade and currency. This allowed some people to abandon agriculture [leading to] organized communities and cities. Standage traces this ever-evolving story through Europe, Asia, and the Americas and casts human progress as an elaboration and refinement of this foundation ... Standage also uncovers the aspects of food distribution that underlay such historic events as the Napoleonic Wars and the fall of the Soviet empire.""--Booklist ""[Standage] shows how one of humanity's most vital needs (hunger) didn't simply reflect but served as the driving force behind transformative and key events in history... Perhaps the most interesting section is the final one, which looks at the ways in which modern agricultural needs have acted as a spur for technological advancement, with Standage providing a summary of the challenges still faced by the green revolution.""--Library Journal""This meaty little volume... 'concentrates specifically on the intersections between food history and world history.' But history isn't Standage's only concern. He takes the long view to illuminate and contextualize such contemporary issues as genetically modified foods, the complex relationship between food and poverty, the local food movement, the politicization of food and the environmental outcomes of modern methods of agriculture ... Cogent, informative and insightful.""--Kirkus Reviews"