During the last nine millennia or so, man has improved the rice plant, increased its productivity and has found various uses of its parts. The story of rice differs from region to region and has been different in different periods of time. There was a time when tax was collected in the form of rice in Japan, the Southeast Asian kingdoms created hydraulic feats for its cultivation and Ottoman armies advanced with rice as their ration. In recent years, there have been riots due to scarcity of rice and also international efforts to produce enough rice to avoid hunger. The book provides an interesting reading of all such events in the course of its 9000 years long history.
Table of Contents
Domestication and Diaspora of Rice. Thai Participation in the Spread of Rice Agriculture in Asia. Rice in Social and Cultural Life of People. Domestication of Rice in China and Its Cultural Heritage. History of Rice Culture in Korea: The Origin, Antiquity and Diffusion. History of Rice in Japan. History of Rice in Southeast Asia and Australia. History of Rice in South Asia (Up to 1947). History of Rice in South Asia (1947-2007). History of Rice in Western and Central Asia. History of Rice in Europe. History of Rice in Africa. The Rice Industry of the United States. History of Rice in Hispanic America. History of Rice Marketing. A Century of Rice Breeding, Its Impact and Challenges Ahead.
S. D. Sharma