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A History of World Agriculture: From the Neolithic Age to the Current Crisis

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Only once we understand the long history of human efforts to draw sustenance from the land can we grasp the nature of the crisis that faces humankind today, as hundreds of millions of people are faced with famine or flight from the land. From Neolithic times through the earliest civilizations of the ancient Near East, in savannahs, river valleys and the terraces created by ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Monthly Review Press (first published January 1st 2002)
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Bob Tingleff
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book should be Ag 1a, History 1a, and Econ 1a
Jalina Pannafino
An excellent resource for the historical evolution of agriculture and its impacts on regional development of capital from resources.
Ivan Savić
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very informative read. The book explains in detail agriculture from the beginings to modern times. The only downside I find is that it mostly concentrates on europe. It briefly mentions some of the other origins of agriculture, but not all, and not in greater detail as europe's agriculture is explained.
Daniel Royse
Mar 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Very informative, but a little dull. Although based on the topic of the book I don't think they were shooting to be an "edge of your seat, thriller".
Martin Empson
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mazoyer and Roudart's work is an examination of the history of agriculture - from the earliest hunter-gatherers who would have nurtured and protected plants, to the slash and burn cultivation that replaced them, through the various permanent "post-forest agrarian" cultures that saw the growth and strengthen of class society, to feudal and eventually capitalist agriculture. It is a monumental book, both readable and interesting as well as in depth and well researched.

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Joe
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
History with quite a bit of a political agenda. There is a lot of agricultural theory in here, explaining how different agricultural systems led to higher yields based on the amount of work, land, people, etc. The authors lost me at their conclusions, and although I'm sympathetic to where they're coming from, I thought their desire to push for a specific agenda got in the way of telling a good story about how agriculture works.
Ali
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kitabı bir sunuma hazırlanmak için, göz atmak amacı ile almıştım. Ama bu son derece önemli konu hakkında yazılmış iyi kitaplardan birine denk geldiğim için de kendimi şanslı hissediyorum. Sunum bittikten sonra da kitaba devam edip okumayı tamamladım. Özellikle insanlığın gıda ve tarım ile sınavını anlamak isteyenlere tavsiye ederim.
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