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Throughout history, food has acted as a catalyst of social change, political organization, geopolitical competition, industrial development, military conflict, and economic expansion. An Edible History of Humanity is a pithy, entertaining account of how a series of changes—caused, enabled, or influenced by food—has helped to shape and transform societies around the world.

The first civilizations were built on barley and wheat in the Near East, millet and rice in Asia, and corn and potatoes in the Americas. Why farming created a strictly ordered social hierarchy in contrast to the loose egalitarianism of hunter-gatherers is, as Tom Standage reveals, as interesting as the details of the complex cultures that emerged, eventually interconnected by commerce. Trade in exotic spices in particular spawned the age of exploration and the colonization of the New World.

Food's influence over the course of history has been just as prevalent in modern times. In the late eighteenth century, Britain's solution to food shortages was to industrialize and import food rather than grow it. Food helped to determine the outcome of wars: Napoleon's rise and fall was intimately connected with his ability to feed his vast armies. In the twentieth century, Communist leaders employed food as an ideological weapon, resulting in the death by starvation of millions in the Soviet Union and China. And today the foods we choose in the supermarket connect us to global debates about trade, development, the environment, and the adoption of new technologies.

Encompassing many fields, from genetics and archaeology to anthropology and economics—and invoking food as a special form of technology—An Edible History of Humanity is a fully satisfying discourse on the sweep of human history.

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"Standage provides an intriguing history of how hunger has shaped civilizations and prompted technological advancements. Starting with hunter-gatherer societies, Standage traces the evolution of cuisines and addition of new ingredients to the current debates over organic and industrialized food systems. With a gentle and deep voice, George K. Wilson guides listeners through the thought-provoking theses with the tone of a knowledgeable and sincere tour guide. His emphasis and deliberate delivery help keep the prose engaging while giving sufficient aural direction for listeners to understand the relevance of a particular sentence or paragraph. A Walker hardcover. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

The bestselling author of A History of the World in 6 Glasses brilliantly charts how foods have transformed human culture through the ages.

About the Author

Tom Standage is technology editor at "The Economist" magazine and the author of four history books, ""A History of the World in Six Glasses"" (2005), ""The Turk"" (2002), ""The Neptune File"" (2000) and ""The Victorian Internet" "(1998), two of which have been serialized as "Book of the Week" on Radio 4. ""The Victorian Internet" was made into a Channel 4 documentary, "How The Victorians Wired the World." Tom has previously covered science and technology for a number of newspapers and magazines, including "The Guardian," "The Daily Telegraph," "Wired" and "Prospect," He holds a degree in engineering and computer science from Oxford University, and is the least musical member of a musical family. He is married and lives in Greenwich, London, with his wife and daughter.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400113088
Author:
Standage, Tom
Publisher:
Tantor Media Inc
Read by:
Wilson, George K.
Read:
Wilson, George K.
Narrated by:
Wilson, George K.
Narrated:
Wilson, George K.
Author:
Tom
Author:
Standage,
Author:
Wilson, George K.
Location:
Old Saybrook
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
World
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
Ethnic
Edition Description:
Unabridged,Unabridged CD
Publication Date:
20090631
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.3 x 6.4 x 1.1 in 0.5 lb
Media Run Time:
510

Related Subjects

Audio Books » World Affairs
Cooking and Food » Reference and Etiquette » Historical Food and Cooking
History and Social Science » World History » General

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Product details pages Tantor Media - English 9781400113088 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Standage provides an intriguing history of how hunger has shaped civilizations and prompted technological advancements. Starting with hunter-gatherer societies, Standage traces the evolution of cuisines and addition of new ingredients to the current debates over organic and industrialized food systems. With a gentle and deep voice, George K. Wilson guides listeners through the thought-provoking theses with the tone of a knowledgeable and sincere tour guide. His emphasis and deliberate delivery help keep the prose engaging while giving sufficient aural direction for listeners to understand the relevance of a particular sentence or paragraph. A Walker hardcover. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , The bestselling author of A History of the World in 6 Glasses brilliantly charts how foods have transformed human culture through the ages.
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