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HIST 2505 Feast or Famine? Food and the Environment (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

Through most of history the primary quest of humans has been to obtain sufficient food for survival. This course will explore the evolving relationships between that quest and the environment. Topics will include: climate change, the domestication of plants and animals, the development of settled agricultural societies, the Columbian exchange of biota, plantation and state sponsored agriculture, and the emergence of agro-business. We will explore the role of both individual crops/commodities such as sugar, chocolate, cod, corn and the potato, and the environmental systems of which they were part.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Kevin O'Neill

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 10-Feb-14