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An Edible History of Humanity 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.


10 thoughts on “An Edible History of Humanity

  1. says:

    The blurb summarizes this book perfectly Tom Standage can be relied upon to do comprehensive research for his non fiction books This book explains the history of mass produced food, sedentism, the disappearance of the hunter gatherer lifestyle, the use of food as weapons, or forms of power, from the earliest records available throughout the world The period spans from thousands of years before Christ until now The establishment of civilizations occurred when humans reconfigured, or modified The blurb summarizes this book perfectly Tom Standage can be relied upon to do comprehensive research for his non fiction books This book explains the history of mass produced food, sedentism, the disappearance of the hunter gatherer lifestyle, the use of food as weapons, or forms of power, from the earliest records available throughout the world The period spans from thousands of years before Christ until now The establi...


  2. says:

    I didn t keep notes throughout this book, but I should have Standage did a great job showing various trends throughout history which made the last quarter about current times make farsense This is a high level look at food in general, some specific species populations, but still distant That was good for the purposes of the book, but I hope readers think about what these distant descriptions mean in reality.Malnutrition leading to infant mortality, shorter stature, susceptib I didn t keep notes throughout this book, but I should have Standage did a great job showing various trends throughout history which made the last quarter about current times make farsense This is a high level look at food in general, some specific species populations, but still distant That was good for the purposes of the book, but I hope readers think about what these distant descriptions mean in reality.Malnutrition leading to infant mortality, shorter stature, susceptibility to disease are horrible How hungry does a woman have to become before she is less fertile How long does hunger have to gnaw at a child before they grow up inches shorter I know they can still feel full, but lack critical nutrients with the same result, but that generally leads tosickness How would it feel not to name a child until it is several years old due to the likelihood of l...


  3. says:

    I ll start by admitting that I gave up on this piece of trash half way through the audiobook After 5 hours of horrid narration I did not hear a single fact that was news to me, nor even an interesting interpretation of known facts The writing is disjointed, and meaningless extra words and phrases are thrown in so that the whole thing comes across as a first year history student s lazy attempt to meet the word count requirements for his assignment The author also editorializes in random, bizar I ll start by admitting that I gave up on this piece of trash half way through the audiobook After 5 hours of horrid narration I did not hear a single fact that was news to me, nor even an i...


  4. says:

    This book SUCKS How do you give an edible history of humanity without talking in depth about SLAVERY and THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN FOOD PRODUCTION that was my first reaction It would beaccurate if he called the book, An Edible History of European Humanity The Only Humanity Worth Noting or An Edible Ignorance of the Dehumanization of Most of Humanity The only time he tries to speak for the lower classes is when he s railing against communism I also noted very early on that Standag This book SUCKS How do you give an edible history of humanity without talking...


  5. says:

    Standage looks at food from a geopolitical, anthropological and ethical point of view The book is mainly about how food and agriculture have changed and keep changing history and development of humankind.I didn t find absolutely everything of interest to me there for example, I have read about spices and their role in the progress of mankind a countless number of times by now But there was enough other information to make it for a worthwhile read.Here are some tidbits of what I found interest Standage looks at food from a geopolitical, anthropological and ethical point of view The book is mainly about h...


  6. says:

    An Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage An Edible History of Humanity is the interesting history of the world through the transformative role of food Science correspondent and accomplished author Tom Standage follows up his best seller A History of the World in 6 Glasses with another appealing book but this time it s about the intersections between food history and world history This informative 288 page book is broken out by the following six parts 1 The Edible Foundations of Civil An Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage An Edible History of Humanity is the interesting history of the world through the transformat...


  7. says:

    Read this, in installments, along with Charles C Mann s The Wizard and the Prophet on a scale of one to ten as used in Holland s schools I would score the latter a 10 , this one a 9,5 the two best books of the year so far both books provide a host of information that...


  8. says:

    This book isn t really about eating food It s not about tasting food or cooking food An Edible History of Humanity is about food s place in world history the roles it has filled, the drama that has sometimes surrounded it and the absolute necessity for our world to deal with it on a daily basis.We start at the beginning, learning about hunter gatherers and the transition tofarming based agriculture Food is discussed as a major reason why the world started being explored by countries t This book isn t really about eating food It s not about tasting food or cooking food An Edible History of Humanity is about food s place in world history the roles it has filled, the drama that has sometimes surrounded it and the absolute necessity for our world to deal with it on a daily basis.We start at the beginning, learning about hunter gatherers and the transition tofarming based agriculture Food is discussed as a major reason why the...


  9. says:

    No, it s not comprehensive as the intro states, it selectively covers pivotal intersections.Yes, it does indeed talk about slavery.No, though it was published in 2009, much of it was clearly written a decade orearlier, with only some new information.Some interpretations conclusions are problematic, a few are just wrong.Mostly it s engaging, interesting, but insufficient 3.5 stars because I m glad I read it and do recommend it to those of you interested, but rounded down because No, it s not comprehensive as the intro states, it selectively covers pivotal intersections.Yes, it does indeed talk about slavery.No, though it was published in 2009, much of it was clearly written a decade orearlier, with only some new information.Some interpretations conclusions are problematic, a ...


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