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Rice: Global Networks and New Histories

Rice: Global Networks and New Histories (Hardback)

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Rice today is food to half the world's population. Its history is inextricably entangled with the emergence of colonialism, the global networks of industrial capitalism, and the modern world economy. The history of rice is currently a vital and innovative field of research attracting serious attention, but no attempt has yet been made to write a history of rice and its place in the rise of capitalism from a global and comparative perspective. Rice is a first step toward such a history. The fifteen chapters, written by specialists on Africa, the Americas, and Asia, are premised on the utility of a truly international approach to history. Each brings a new approach that unsettles prevailing narratives and suggests new connections. Together they cast new light on the significant roles of rice as crop, food, and commodity, and shape historical trajectories and interregional linkages in Africa, the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

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Francesca Bray is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. She is the author of The Rice Economies: Technology and Development in Asian Societies (1994), Technology and Gender: Fabrics of Power in Late Imperial China (1997), Technology and Society in Ming China, 1368-1644 (2000), and Technology, Gender and History in Imperial China: Great Transformations Reconsidered (2013). Peter A. Coclanis is Albert R. Newsome Distinguished Professor of History and director of the Global Research Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the author of The Shadow of a Dream: Economic Life and Death in the South Carolina Low Country, 1670-1920 (1989) and Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle: Globalization in South East Asia over la Longue Duree (2006), and the co-editor of Environmental Change and Agricultural Sustainability in the Mekong Delta (with Mart A. Stewart, 2011). Edda L. Fields-Black is Associate Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania. She is the author of Deep Roots: Rice Farmers in West Africa and the African Diaspora (2008). Dagmar Schaefer is director of the Centre for Chinese Studies and Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Manchester. She is the author of The Emperor's Silk Clothes: State-Run Silk Manufacturing in the Ming Period, 1368-1644 (1998) and The Crafting of the 10,000 Things: Knowledge and Technology in 17th-Century China (2011), and the co-author of Weaving an Economic Pattern in Ming Times, 1368-1644 (with Dieter Kuhn, 2002).

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