The Agricultural Systems of the World: An Evolutionary Approach

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 7, 1974 - Nature - 358 pages
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This book is about the prevalent characteristics and distribution of the major agricultural systems of the world - shifting cultivation, wet rice cultivation, pastoral nomadism, Mediterranean agriculture, mixed farming, dairying, plantations, ranching and large-scale grain production. In Part One some major periods and processes that have affected agriculture are discussed. Chapter 2 deals with the origins and early diffusion of agriculture and its significance. Chapter 3 deals with the subsequent diffusion of crops and livestock, particularly since the discovery of the New World, and Chapter 4 with the effect upon agriculture of industrialisation and urbanisation since 1850. In Part Two of the book some description of each type of agriculture is given. It is the author's belief that there can be no adequate account of the prevailing character of world agriculture without recourse to the evolution of agricultural systems. Thus each chapter in Part Two is an essay on the historical development of each of the major systems.
  

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Contents

The early history of agriculture
9
The diffusion of crops and livestock
24
Technical and economic changes in agriculture
45
Shifting agriculture
57
Wetrice cultivation in Asia
75
Pastoral namadism
112
Mediterranean agriculture
123
Mixed farming in western Europe and North America
152
Plantations
210
Ranching
241
Largescale grain production
256
Conclusion
284
Appendix
287
Notes
289
Bibliography
308
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Dairying
187

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David Grigg is among the world's leading historians of agriculture in both social and economic contexts. His previous books include "The Harshlands, The Agricultural Systems of the World, Population Growth and Agricultural Change, English Agriculture," and "The Transformation of Agriculture.