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The Cultural History of Plants

Edited By: Ghillean Prance and Mark Nesbitt

452 pages, B/w photos, illus

Routledge

Hardback | Dec 2005 | #136092 | ISBN: 0415927463
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NHBS Price: £210.00 $265/€249 approx

About this book

This valuable reference will be useful for both scholars and general readers. It is both botanical and cultural, describing the role of plant in social life, regional customs, the arts, natural landscapes. There are over 1000 plant entries in the form of concise histories, 200 maps, and 600 black and white illustrations. The A to Z entries cover food and flowering plants as well as those used for textiles, perfume and drugs and include bibliographic information. Appendices include lists of protected species, plant collection sites, a glossary and a chronology of plant migration.


Contents

Contents:

Introduction

Part One
The Seeds of Time
The Hunter-Gatherers
The Origins and Spread of Agriculture

Part Two
The Migration of Plants
Gathering Food from the Wild
Grains
Roots and Tubers
Fruits
Herbs and Vegetables&lNuts and Seeds
Spices
Caffeine and Alcohol
Hallucinogens
Medicines
Fragrant Plants
Ornamentals
Fibre and Dyes
Wood
Other Uses of Plants

Part Three
Today and Tomorrow
The Industrial Age
Invasives
Evolution and Biodiversity of Crops
Conservation of Wild Plants
Chronology
Glossary
Index

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