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By: Marcel Mazoyer and Laurence Roudart
528 pages, illus
Provides a grand narrative of ten thousand years of human ingenuity and a penetrating analysis of the rise of agriculture and civilization. Coverage is panoramic and breathtaking. From the Near East and Egypt to China, the Americas and medieval and modern Europe, this book traces the rise of agriculture and examines the tapestry of the social and economic structures it nurtured. Most critically, the authors, looking through the lens of the current global poverty crisis, turn the spotlight of history on the present and future to show how this extraordinary wealth of knowledge, tradition and natural variety - developed over 500 generations - is now endangered by today's mechanized and globalized corporate agriculture.
* 'A magnificent book, by far the best ever produced on the subject' Samir Amin, historian and author of Imperialism and Unequal Development * 'Replete with rich reflections on agriculture... It is a testament to the enormous erudition of its authors and a defence of peasant economies victimized by neo-liberal policies' Le Matin (France)
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