An Empire of Plants

An Empire of Plants People and Plants That Changed the World

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For centuries, from foodstuffs to industrial materials, plants have dominated trade between countries. Possession of rare spices, sweets, and narcotics could meand enviable wealth and power, so explorers ventured forth, risking death on unknown seas. Here are stories of seven plants--tobacco, sugar, cotton, tea, poppies, quinine, and rubber--and how Europe's hunger for them led to the Age of Empire and turned world history upside down. Not only did these crops ensure the commercial success of America and Europe, but they became the catalyst foasr piracy, smuggling, addiction, and the slave trade: the darker side of the golden profits. A beautiful presentation of a fascinating subject.

Book information

ISBN: 9781844030200
Publisher: Octopus
Imprint: Cassell
Pub date:
DEWEY: 580.9
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 674g
Height: 247mm
Width: 193mm
Spine width: 13mm