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Soil and Civilization

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Edward Hyams explores the relationships between human societies and the soil. He contrasts the civilizations based on the rich alluvial soils of the Nile, Tigris, Euphrates and Indus with Athens which produced crops on poor soils. Carthage, Rome and Oklahoma in the 1920s show man as a 'disease' of the soil. The yellow 'loess' earth of north-west China, the struggle between ...more
Paperback, Second, 312 pages
Published 1976 by Harper Collins
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Edward Hyams explores the relationships between human societies and the soil. He contrasts the civilizations based on the rich alluvial soils of the Nile, Tigris, Euphrates and Indus with Athens which produced crops on poor soils. Carthage, Rome and Oklahoma in the 1920s show man as a 'disease' of the soil. The yellow 'loess' earth of north-west China, the struggle between farmer and nomad in Russia, the Indian system of land-holding and its steady perversion under the Moghul and British Empires ...more
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Edward Solomon Hyams

b. 30 Sept. 1910; d. 25 Nov. 1975; writer on conservation, social history, and gardening, as well as novels and other fiction