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The Potato: From the Andes in the 16th Century to Fish and Chips, the Story of How a Vegetable Changed History

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Following the potato from its early cultivation in 16th-century South America to its 20th-century marriage to battered fish, this social history covers developments in agriculture, class, diet, politics, economics, and technology. For two centuries after the potato's arrival in Europe it was regarded as poison fit only for pigs. Yet, the author suggests, the potato's impact on world history became as striking as that of the railway or the car. The text draws on personal diaries, chronicles, newspaper editorials and ...

The Potato: From the Andes in the 16th Century to Fish and Chips, the Story of How a Vegetable Changed History 1999, Macmillan, London

ISBN-13: 9780333750643

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