The History of Agriculture, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1615309217
  • ISBN-13: 9781615309214
  • DDC: 630.9
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 184 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released September 2013
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Agriculture—that is, using and managing natural resources—has a long and complex history. For thousands of years, societies have relied on plants and animals for food and other items, making agriculture as vital to their survival as it is to ours. The cultivation of various crops and livestock over time and throughout the world are examined, revealing the history behind and importance of much of the food we eat today. Also covered are the techniques and equipment that have been developed over time to facilitate agricultural production.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: How Agriculture and Domestication Began.
2: Earliest Beginnings.
3: Early Development.
4: Early Agricultural Societies.
5: Sumer.
6: The Nile Valley.
7: Mesoamerica.
8: South America.
9: North America.
10: Early Agriculture in Asia.
11: China.
12: Korea.
13: Japan.
14: The Indian Subcontinent.
15: Southeast Asia.
16: Improvements in Agriculture in the West: 200 BCE to 1600 CE.
17: The Roman Epoch: 200 BCE to 600 CE.
18: The Medieval Period: 600 to 1600 CE.
19: Crop-Farming Changes in Western Europe: 1600 to 1800.
20: The Norfolk Four-Course System.
21: Improvements in Technology.
22: Progress in Different Countries.
23: The 19th-Century Power Revolution on the Farm: c. 1792 to 1914.
24: Mechanization.
25: Applying Science to Farming.
26: Farming Outside Europe.
27: The 20th Century: New Machines, Crops, and Farming Techniques.
28: Developments in Power: The Internal-Combustion Engine.
29: New Crops and Techniques.
30: New Strains: Genetics and the Quest for Productivity.
31: Work in Plant Genetics.
32: Genetic Improvement in Livestock.
33: Electricity, Pest Control, and the Regulation of Agriculture.
34: Electrification of Farms.
35: Pest and Disease Control in Crops.
36: Economics, Politics, and Agriculture.
37: Conclusion.