Social History of Agriculture

This Innovative Text Provides A Compelling Narrative World History Through The Lens Of Food And Farmers Tracing The World History Of Agriculture From Earliest Times To The Present, Christopher Isett And Stephen Miller Argue That People, Rather Than Markets, Have Been The Primary Agents Of Agricultural Change Exploring The Actions Taken By Individuals And Groups Over Time And Analyzing Their Activities In The Wider Contexts Of Markets, States, Wars, The Environment, Population Increase, And Similar Factors, The Authors Emphasize How Larger Social And Political Forces Inform Decisions And Lead To Different Technological Outcomes Both Farmers And Elites Responded In Ways That Impeded Economic Development Farmers, When Able To Trade With Towns, Used The Revenue To Gain Land And Security Elites Used Commercial Opportunities To Accumulate Military Power And Slaves The Book Explores These Tendencies Through Rich Case Studies Of Ancient China Precolonial South America Early Modern France, England, And Japan New World Slavery Colonial Taiwan Socialist Cuba And Many Other Periods And Places Readers Will Understand How The Promises And Problems Of Contemporary Agriculture Are Not Simply Technologically Derived But Are The Outcomes Of Decisions And Choices People Have Made And Continue To Make.Social History of Agriculture

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  • Hardcover
  • 422 pages
  • Social History of Agriculture
  • Christopher Isett
  • 07 May 2018
  • 9781442209664

13 thoughts on “Social History of Agriculture

  1. says:

    An excellent and wide ranging history of agriculture influenced by the analysis of the Marxist historian Robert Brenner The chapters cover various chronological eras and regional or national case studies including Mesopotamia, the Romans, pre colonial Inca society, early modern England, colonial North America, socialist Cuba, post WWII Taiwan, and modern day Brazil, among others.The authors essential argument is that the status of market dependence the necessity to purchase on and sell into a competitive market is what renders capitalist agriculture unique, generating systemic drives towards lowering prices costs, enhancing labour productivity, and continuous re investment, innovation and specialisation In its absence whether in pre capitalist agrarian economies, in colonial contexts, or the Stalinist states different patterns of agrarian development will prevail, predicated on non capitalist producers following labour intensive and land extensive strategies of economic and familial reproduction In the absence of capitalist agriculture, systemic limits to sustainable and innovative industrialisation will also remain in place.Yet the continuous revolutions necessitated by price competition and increased labour productivity come at a cost, both human and ecological The current global food regime simultaneously produces gluts and malnutrition, as capital intensive farmers in the Global North are subsidised and incentivised to limit output while dumping surplu...

  2. says:

    Excellent read, esp for an anthropologist and historian One of the authors is UAB historian Dr Stephen Miller.

  3. says:

    I think this was too dense for me as an audiobook, but I still really liked it.

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