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    DescriptionThroughout history, food has acted as a catalyst of social change, political organization, geopolitical competition, industrial development, military conflict, and economic expansion. "An Edible History of Humanity" is a pithy, entertaining account of how a series of changes--caused, enabled, or influenced by food--has helped to shape and transform societies around the world. The first civilizations were built on barley and wheat in the Near East, millet and rice in Asia, and corn and potatoes in the Americas. Why farming created a strictly ordered social hierarchy in contrast to the loose egalitarianism of hunter-gatherers is, as Tom Standage reveals, as interesting as the details of the complex cultures that emerged, eventually interconnected by commerce. Trade in exotic spices in particular spawned the age of exploration and the colonization of the New World. Food's influence over the course of history has been just as prevalent in modern times. In the late eighteenth century, Britain's solution to food shortages was to industrialize and import food rather than grow it. Food helped to determine the outcome of wars: Napoleon's rise and fall was intimately connected with his ability to feed his vast armies. In the twentieth century, Communist leaders employed food as an ideological weapon, resulting in the death by starvation of millions in the Soviet Union and China. And today the foods we choose in the supermarket connect us to global debates about trade, development, the environment, and the adoption of new technologies. Encompassing many fields, from genetics and archaeology to anthropology and economics--and invoking food as a special form of technology--"An Edible History of Humanity" is a fully satisfying discourse on the sweep of human history.

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    An Edible History of Humanity
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tom Standage, Narrator George K. Wilson
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 173 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 318 g
    ISBN 13: 9781400143085
    ISBN 10: 140014308X

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    B&T General Subject: 431
    DC22: 394.12
    BISAC V2.8: CKB041000
    BIC subject category V2: JFCV
    Ingram Subject Code: JV
    Libri: I-JV
    B&T Approval Code: A14530000, A97402000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 55520
    DC22: 394.1209
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: CKB031000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000
    DC22: 394.1/209
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: GT2850 .S73 2009C
    Thema V1.0: NHB, NHTB, JBCC4
    Edition statement
    Library ed
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    09 July 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Tom Standage is technology editor at the "Economist" magazine and the author of "The Turk," "The Neptune File," and "The Victorian Internet." George K. Wilson has narrated over one hundred fiction and nonfiction audiobook titles, from Thomas L. Friedman to Thomas Pynchon, and has won several "AudioFile" Earphones Awards.
    Review quote
    ""With a gentle and deep voice, George K. Wilson guides listeners through the thought-provoking theses with the tone of a knowledgeable and sincere tour guide."" ---Publishers Weekly Audio Review