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Maize and Grace : Africa's Encounter With a New World Crop, 1500-2000 (05 Edition)

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Sometime around 1500 A.D., an African farmer planted a maize seed imported from the New World. That act set in motion the remarkable saga of one of the world's most influential crops--one that would transform the future of Africa and of the Atlantic world. Africa's experience with maize is distinctive but also instructive from a global perspective: experts predict that by 2020 maize will become the world's most cultivated crop.

James McCann moves easily from the village level to the continental scale, from the medieval to the modern, as he explains the science of maize production and explores how the crop has imprinted itself on Africa's agrarian and urban landscapes. Today, maize accounts for more than half the calories people consume in many African countries. During the twentieth century, a tidal wave of maize engulfed the continent, and supplanted Africa's own historical grain crops--sorghum, millet, and rice. In the metamorphosis of maize from an exotic visitor into a quintessentially African crop, in its transformation from vegetable to grain, and from curiosity to staple, lies a revealing story of cultural adaptation. As it unfolds, we see how this sixteenth-century stranger has become indispensable to Africa's fields, storehouses, and diets, and has embedded itself in Africa's political, economic, and social relations.

The recent spread of maize has been alarmingly fast, with implications largely overlooked by the media and policymakers. McCann's compelling history offers insight into the profound influence of a single crop on African culture, health, technological innovation, and the future of the world's food supply.

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Sometime around 1500 A.D., an African farmer planted a maize seed imported from the New World. That act set in motion the remarkable saga of one of the world's most influential crops--one that would transform the future of Africa and of the Atlantic world. The recent spread of maize has been alarmingly fast, with implications largely overlooked by the media and policymakers. McCann's compelling history offers insight into the profound influence of a single crop on African culture, health, technological innovation, and the future of the world's food supply.

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Honorable Mention, 2006 Melville J. Herskovits Award, African Studies Association

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2006 George Perkins Marsh Prize, American Society for Environmental History

About the Author

James C. McCann is Professor of History and Associate Director of the African Studies Center at Boston University.

Boston University

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Africa and the World Ecology of Maize

2. Naming the Stranger: Maize's Journey to Africa

3. Maize's Invention in West Africa

4. Seeds of Subversion in Two Peasant Empires

5. How Africa's Maize Turned White

6. African Maize, American Rust

7. Breeding SR-52: The Politics of Science and Race in Southern Africa

8. Maize and Malaria

9. Maize as Metonym in Africa's New Millennium

Appendix: Tables

Notes

Select Bibliography

Acknowledgments

Illustration Credits

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674025578
Author:
Mccann, James C.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
McCann, James C.
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Agriculture - Agronomy
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Agriculture - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
World History-Africa
Subject:
History - World
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
September 2007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
31 halftones, 2 charts, 6 maps, 10 table
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

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"Synopsis" by , Sometime around 1500 A.D., an African farmer planted a maize seed imported from the New World. That act set in motion the remarkable saga of one of the world's most influential crops--one that would transform the future of Africa and of the Atlantic world. The recent spread of maize has been alarmingly fast, with implications largely overlooked by the media and policymakers. McCann's compelling history offers insight into the profound influence of a single crop on African culture, health, technological innovation, and the future of the world's food supply.
"Synopsis" by , Honorable Mention, 2006 Melville J. Herskovits Award, African Studies Association
"Synopsis" by , 2006 George Perkins Marsh Prize, American Society for Environmental History
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