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Francesca Bray et al.,eds., "Rice: Global Networks and New Histories" (Cambridge UP, 2015)
Beyond mere matters of taste, rice is possibly the world's most important food crop. Its cultivation and consumption have affected vast areas of Asia, Africa, and the Americas, not to mention the billions who rely on it as their principal dietary staple. We reflexively think of rice as the food of Asia par excellence, but since the voyages of Columbus, the African contributions - with an ancient and independently domesticated rice species - have played no small part in the history of the Americas. This is a story of globalization: rice's geographical reach is worldwide, its histories complex and deep. Now, Rice: Global Networks and New Histories brings together scholarship that recovers in one peerless volume the modern history of a truly global crop. Toggle navigation.
Francesca Bray, Peter A. Rice: Global Networks and New Histories. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Rice is one of the most widely consumed staple foods in the world. The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization lists the crop as the agricultural commodity with the third-highest worldwide production, after sugarcane and corn, see FAO Statistical Pocketbook: World Food and Agriculture , p. Throughout its history, it has been more than just a crop or commodity of one area of the world; the cultivation, trade and consumption of rice has affected vast parts of Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
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The new edited volume by Francesca Bray, Peter Coclanis, Edda Fields-Black and Dagmar Schafer is a wonderfully interdisciplinary global history of rice, rooted in specific local cases, that spans 15 chapters written by specialists in the histories of Africa, the Americas, and several regions of Asia. Rice: Global Networks and New Histories Cambridge University Press, creates a conversation among regional and disciplinary modes of studying and narrating rice histories that have often been conducted in isolation. In the course of the conversation we also had a chance to talk about the collaborative process that produced the volume, a process that successfully maintained the specificity of the local case studies while still enabling authors to contribute to and participate in a common, global conversation that made new kinds of comparisons possible. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone. This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?