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Maize and grace [electronic resource] : Africa's encounter with a New World crop, 1500-2000 / James C. McCann.

Author/Creator:
McCann, James, 1950-
Publication:
Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, 2005.
Format/Description:
Book
xiii, 289 p. : ill., maps.
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Subjects:
Corn -- Africa -- History.
Grain -- Africa -- History.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
In English.
Summary:
Sometime around 1500 A.D., an African farmer planted a maize seed imported from the New World. That act set in motion the remarkable saga of one of the world's most influential crops--one that would transform the future of Africa and of the Atlantic world. The recent spread of maize has been alarmingly fast, with implications largely overlooked by the media and policymakers. McCann's compelling history offers insight into the profound influence of a single crop on African culture, health, technological innovation, and the future of the world's food supply.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Preface
1 Africa and the World Ecology of Maize
2 Naming the Stranger: Maize's Journey to Africa
3 Maize's Invention in West Africa
4 Seeds of Subversion in Two Peasant Empires
5 How Africa's Maize Turned White
6 African Maize, American Rust
7 Breeding SR-52: The Politics of Science and Race in Southern Africa
8 Maize and Malaria
9 Maize as Metonym in Africa's New Millennium
Appendix: Tables
Notes
Select Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Illustration Credits
Index
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 261-274) and index.
ISBN:
0-674-04074-0
OCLC:
1013962350
Publisher Number:
10.4159/9780674040748 doi