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    DescriptionOf course, we are entirely dependent on plants for our food and the air we breathe, but did you know that 5,000 mature English oak trees were used in the construction of Admiral Nelson's flagship HMS Victory, or that sweet peas were involved in the birth of the science of genetics? King Cotton was the driver of the slave trade, which was the first domino to fall in the American Revolution, and cotton was also the catalyst for the Industrial Revolution. These, and many other extraordinary facts in Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History, highlight the dynamic ways in which plants have influenced human history. This beautifully designed and illustrated volume provides an engaging guide to the fifty key plants that have had the most impact on human history. Packed full of information, the book includes details about the habitat and characteristics of each plant, fact boxes, full colour photographs and lovely botanical illustrations. Weaving together strands of economic, political and agricultural history, each entry is a fascinating look at the most influential plants known to mankind.

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    Fifty Plants That Changed the Course of History
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bill Laws
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 172 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 699 g
    ISBN 13: 9780715338544
    ISBN 10: 0715338544

    BIC E4L: SCP
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.3
    BIC subject category V2: WNP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14270
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: NA
    DC22: 581.63
    BISAC V2.8: NAT026000
    Thema V1.0: WNP
    Illustrations note
    200 colour illustrations
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    26 November 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Newton Abbot
    Author Information
    Bill Laws is a writer, editor and journalist who specialises in homes, gardens and landscapes. He is the author of ten books including Common Losses: Essays and Interviews on Trees, Woods and the Green Man. Bill's work has featured in the Guardian and Telegraph newspapers as well as various BBC publications, Environment Now and Period House. He is based in Herefordshire, England.
    Table of contents
    Including 1 Potato 2 Rice 3 Wheat 4 Banana 5 Cacao... 46 Sunflower 47 Palm (Oil) 48 Kola nut 49 Kastor 50 Henna