Feeding the World: An Economic History of Agriculture, 1800-2000 (Princeton Economic History of the Western World #24) (Paperback)

Feeding the World: An Economic History of Agriculture, 1800-2000 (Princeton Economic History of the Western World #24) By Giovanni Federico Cover Image

Feeding the World: An Economic History of Agriculture, 1800-2000 (Princeton Economic History of the Western World #24) (Paperback)

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In the last two centuries, agriculture has been an outstanding, if somewhat neglected, success story. Agriculture has fed an ever-growing population with an increasing variety of products at falling prices, even as it has released a growing number of workers to the rest of the economy. This book, a comprehensive history of world agriculture during this period, explains how these feats were accomplished.


Feeding the World synthesizes two hundred years of agricultural development throughout the world, providing all essential data and extensive references to the literature. It covers, systematically, all the factors that have affected agricultural performance: environment, accumulation of inputs, technical progress, institutional change, commercialization, agricultural policies, and more. The last chapter discusses the contribution of agriculture to modern economic growth. The book is global in its reach and analysis, and represents a grand synthesis of an enormous topic.
Giovanni Federico is Professor of Economic History at the European University Institute. He has written extensively on Italian and comparative economic history, with special attention on agriculture, trade, and trade policy. He is the author of An Economic History of the Silk Industry and the coauthor of The Growth of the Italian Economy, 1820-1940.
Product Details ISBN: 9780691138534
ISBN-10: 0691138532
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: December 7th, 2008
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: Princeton Economic History of the Western World