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The Cultural History of Plants




ISBN 9780415927468
Published October 31, 2004 by Routledge
460 Pages 86 B/W Illustrations

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This valuable reference will be useful for both scholars and general readers. It is both botanical and cultural, describing the role of plant in social life, regional customs, the arts, natural and covers all aspects of plant cultivation and migration and covers all aspects of plant cultivation and migration. The text includes an explanation of plant names and a list of general references on the history of useful plants.

Table of Contents

Part 1 The Seeds of Time, Ghillean T. Prance; Chapter 1 The Hunter-Gatherers, Ivan Crowe; Chapter 2 Origins and Spread of Agriculture, David R. Harris; Part 2 The Migration of Plants, Ghillean T. Prance; Chapter 3 Gathering Food from the Wild, Andrea Pieroni; Chapter 4 Grains, Mark Nesbitt; Chapter 5 Roots and Tubers, Helen Sanderson; Chapter 6 Fruits, Charles R. Clement; Chapter 7 Herbs and Vegetables, Jane M. Renfrew, Helen Sanderson; Chapter 8 Nuts, Seeds, and Pulses, Georgina Pearman; Chapter 9 Spices, Barbara Pickersgill; Chapter 10 Caffeine, Alcohol, and Sweeteners, Hans T. Beck; Chapter 11 Psychoactive Plants, Richard Rudgley; Chapter 12 Plants as Medicines, Michael Heinrich, Andrea Pieroni, Paul Bremner; Chapter 13 Fragrant Plants, By Sue Minter; Chapter 14 Ornamentals, Peter Barnes; Chapter 15 Natural Fibers and Dyes, Frances A. Wood, George A.F. Roberts; Chapter 16 Wood, Tony Russell; Chapter 17 Materials, Daphne Hakuno; Part 3 Today and Tomorrow, Ghillean T. Prance; Chapter 18 Age of Industrialization and Agro-Industry, Andrew B. Jacobson; Chapter 19 Invasives, Vernon Heywood; Chapter 20 Conservation of Wild Plants, David R. Given, Nigel Maxted; Chapter 21 Conservation of Crop Genetic Resources, Nigel Maxted, David R. Given;

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Sir Ghillean Prance

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"This volume covers all aspects of plant cultivation and migration. The text includes an explanation of plant names and a list of general references on the history of useful plants." -- SciTech Book News
"This study in ethno-botany will serve programs in anthropology, history, biology, and agriculture." -- Lawrence Looks at Books, Gale Reference Reviews
"The distinguished authors have gathered much valuable information into this book... Each chapter provides many references to the literature... Highly recommended." -- Choice