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ISBN13: 9780415924672
ISBN10: 0415924677
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This definitive work by world-renowned bee authority Eva Crane offers a fascinating account of bees and their complex relations with both humans and animals. Comprehensive, absorbing, and lavishly illustrated, this scholarly, yet accessible volume explores how bees, honey and other bee products have been gathered and utilized throughout the world. Beginning with the rock paintings of the Mesolithic cave dwellers, readers will learn about the variety of methods used by human beekeepers, the stratagems used by animal honey-hunters, and the multitude of products humans have derived from bees. The first in-depth book on the subject, the "World History of Beekeeping and Honey-Hunting" is the ultimate work on bees for scholars in biology and the life sciences, professional and amateur beekeepers, and anyone who is interested in bees or the collection of honey.

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Crane was director of the International Bee Research Association for a quarter of a century. Here she updates and expands her 1983 The Archaeology of Beekeeping by incorporating subsequent findings and bringing the coverage up to the present. She begins with the evidence of rock art for prehistoric bee hunting and archeological indications of early beekeeping. She traces the probably route of transmission of hives within the Mediterranean region, northern Europe, eastern and western Asia, and the Americas. The technology, she shows, changed little from the earlier days until the 19th century, and has been tinkered with considerably ever since. Other topics include the history of bee products and the symbolic importance of bees, hives, honey, and wax in both literature and religion. Her text is abundantly supported with black-and-white illustrations.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 615-657) and indexes.

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brianjdykstra, January 23, 2011 (view all comments by brianjdykstra)
The World History of Beekeeping and Honey Hunting provides a tremendously thorough and accurate depiction of the relationship humanity has had with bees through thousands of years to today. I am encouraged by the book's format: rather than chart human beekeeping as a linear trajectory, the author Eva Crane makes it very clear that each area of the world has had unique approaches and contributions to bee keeping and honey hunting. The traditions of bee keeping and honey hunting that Eva Crane describes are unique to their place.

I especially enjoyed the thorough sections on stingless beekeeping traditions which are indigenous and unique to Mesoamerica, Central America, South America, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Most of this large book is about the genus Apis - which includes numerous species from Europe, Africa, and Asia (Apis mellifera, Apis dorsta, Apis cerana, Apis tc.florea, Apis koshevnikovi, Apis nulensis, and Apis nigrocincta, Apis andreniformis, etc.).

If you are interested in bees or beekeeping, this book is the one source you can always turn to and find a companion for your curiosity. While Eva Crane has written a number of important books (short and long) about bees, beekeeping, and honey, this book incorporates all of the others into a single tome. Some topics include: Archaeology, Evolution, Religion, Growth of human knowledge about honey bees/honey/wax, History of gender roles in beekeeping, and much more. This book is well organized, well-illustrated with numerous drawings, photographs, charts, and diagrams.

This is an encyclopedia of humanity's relationship with bees.

As a side note: the author Eva Crane was a trained quantum mathematician with a PhD in nuclear physics, but she had no problems writing in a language that is both engaging and easy to follow.
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Product Details

Crane, Eva
Crane Eva
New York :
Insects & Spiders
Bee culture
Bee hunting.
Bee hunting -- History.
Bee culture -- History.
Animals - Insects & Spiders
Nature Studies-General
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Publication Date:
11.31x9.01x1.91 in. 5.27 lbs.

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