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Geopolitics and the Green Revolution: Wheat, Genes and the Cold War

By: John H Perkins

337 pages, Bw photos, tabs

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Jan 1998 | #83669 | ISBN: 0195110137
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Explores why four different countries (USA, India, Britain, and Mexico) each sought to develop high yielding wheat production. National security concerns and management of foreign exchange were prime motivators of the new technologies, a relationship that has not been previously developed in studies of agricultural modernization. Future reform efforts in agriculture will be affected by this history.

"An easy-to-read book for anyone interested in the entanglement of politics and agricultural development. All levels."--Choice

"John H. Perkins has written an important book on the development of wheat breeding in the United States, Great Britain, India and Mexico during the 20th century. He analyzes the development of scientific knowledge about breeding techniques along with efforts to increase agricultural production within each country itself. His original goal was 'to understand the plant-breeding science behind high-yielding varieties of wheat' in these four nations. In the course of his research, however, he discovered that science during this period was intertwined with domestic and international policy issues, noting especially 'the immense importance of agriculture in general and the cereal crops in particular to the shape of human culture and the security of nations'. This realization is crucial to a full understanding of the role and place of science in the world i


1. Political Ecology and Yield Transformation; 2. Wheat, People, and Plant Breeding; 3. Wheat Breeding: Coalescence of a Modern Science, 1900-1939; 4. Plant Breeding in its Institutional and Political Economic Setting, 1900-1940; 5. The Rockefeller Foundation in Mexico: The New International Politics for Plant Breeding, 1941-1945; 6. Hunger, Overpopulation, and Natural Security: A New Strategic Theory for Plant Breeding, 1945-1956; 7. Wheat Breeding and the Exercise of American Power, 1940-1970; 8. Wheat Breeding and the Consolidation of Indian Autonomy, 1940-1970; 9. Wheat Breeding and the Reconstruction of Post-Imperial Britain, 1935-1954; 10. Science and the Green Revolution, 1945-1975; Epilogue: Implications of History the Future

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