Fifty Plants That Changed the Course of History

Fifty Plants That Changed the Course of History

Book - 2010
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[This] is a beautifully presented guide to the plants that have had the greatest impact on human civilization. Weaving together strands of economic, political, and industrial history, each entry is a fascinating look at the most influential plants known to mankind. -- P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, 2010.
ISBN: 9781554077984
1554077982
Branch Call Number: 581.63/LAWS
Characteristics: 223 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), ports. (chiefly col.) ; 24 cm.

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1aa
Nov 17, 2016

A very interesting topic; each entry makes connections to industrial history, nutrition, politics, and many others. I could only wish it was longer and more thorough: unworried, it has a bibliography and list of websites too.

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naomijx
May 04, 2014

I was disappointed. The book was poorly edited, filled with inconsistencies and inaccuracies.

happygirl15 Dec 09, 2011

Good intro to the importance of plants in our lives, culture and history. As a bookaholic, info junkie and gardener, I was looking for more background and history, less anecdotes on each variety, but it did have some new info that I enjoyed.... There is so much more important info on some plants that I missed - Ex: Potatoes. Yes, they originated in So America and were brought to Europe by the Spaniards. There are over 100 varieties in many colors. Potatoes became the superfood of the poor and contributed to the world's population explosion. It was the cultivation of one single variety of potatoe that created the potatoe famine disaster - diversity would have limited the spread of the fungus. History lesson: we need to cultivate and eat multiple varieties of grains other than just wheat. Quinoa, spelt, amaranth anyone?

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lordkathy
Nov 24, 2011

it was extremely interesting. a bit of history along w/ each plant. i enjoyed it immensely! shared the title with the gardeners in my family!

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