The Empty Bread Basket

The Empty Bread Basket : Food and Farming in the Fertile Crescent

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The Fertile Crescent, the region encompassing Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine, has, despite its name, historically faced challenges to food security from Imperial powers and, more recently, foreign agribusiness. The Empty Bread Basket unravels the paradoxes of food and empire in the Fertile Crescent using a comparative and historical political economy of agrarian change. The structures that condition rural development in the region are traced historically, as the result of capitalist development and colonially mediated state-building that began during the 19th century Ottoman Tanzimat reform and accelerated with the imposition of Western colonialism after World War I. The contemporary food dependence of the Fertile Crescent is explained as the cumulative outcome of these historical processes and the agendas of Western governments and international development agencies.As commodity prices soar across the world, food security is set to become a key issue for students studying Middle Eastern politics and development more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 135 x 215mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745331769
  • 9780745331768

About Rami Zurayk

Rami Zurayk is Professor in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He has worked extensively in development throughout the Middle East and has served as a consultant to the United Nations and the World Bank. He is the author of Food, Farming and Freedom (2011). Tariq Tell is the author of Social Origins of Hashemite Rule (2010). He has published on Jordanian-Palestinian relations, political liberalisation under King Hussein and on the agrarian development of the East Bank, as well as editing two academic works on the social and political history of modern more