The Agricultural Systems of the World: An Evolutionary Approach
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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The early history of agriculture
The diffusion of crops and livestock
Technical and economic changes in agriculture
Wetrice cultivation in Asia
Mixed farming in western Europe and North America
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Page 3 - The functioning forms which appear to dominate every type of agriculture may be listed under five heads : 1. The crop and livestock association. 2. The methods used to grow the crops and produce the stock. 3. The intensity of application to the land of labor, capital, and organization, and the outturn of product which results.