Seeds of Wealth by Henry Hobhouse

Seeds of Wealth by Henry Hobhouse

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Following "Seeds of Change", with its investigation of the seminal role of plants in human social and economic history, Henry Hobhouse here focuses on the economic consequences of the exploitation of rubber, timber, tobacco and the wine grape.

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Following "Seeds of Change", with its investigation of the seminal role of plants in human social and economic history, Henry Hobhouse here focuses on the economic consequences of the exploitation of rubber, timber, tobacco and the wine grape - each of which enormously increased the wealth of those who dealt in them, created great new industries and changed the course of history. Ancient Rome's monopoly on wine production had huge economic and hygienic importance. Without rubber, there would have been no development of cars, buses and trucks, bicycles, waterproof clothing or even tennis and condoms. Tobacco has largely been condemned for its effects on health and its true role in history has been ignored. Tobacco has often been used in place of currency and its growth in Virginia supported a colony that produced much of the talent that made American independence possible. Timber shortages led the British Royal Navy to become dependent on American timber. The dearth of timber drove English coal mines deep, which led to the steam pumps, steam engines and, ultimately, the Industrial Revolution. This book presents the effect of minutiae on the great waves of history.

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SKU GOR003343879
Title Seeds of Wealth
Author By (author) Henry Hobhouse
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Year Published 2003
Number of Pages 272
ISBN 10 0333903552
ISBN 13 9780333903551
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
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Following "Seeds of Change", with its investigation of the seminal role of plants in human social and economic history, Henry Hobhouse here focuses on the economic consequences of the exploitation of rubber, timber, tobacco and the wine grape - each of which enormously increased the wealth of those who dealt in them, created great new industries and changed the course of history. Ancient Rome's monopoly on wine production had huge economic and hygienic importance. Without rubber, there would have been no development of cars, buses and trucks, bicycles, waterproof clothing or even tennis and condoms. Tobacco has largely been condemned for its effects on health and its true role in history has been ignored. Tobacco has often been used in place of currency and its growth in Virginia supported a colony that produced much of the talent that made American independence possible. Timber shortages led the British Royal Navy to become dependent on American timber. The dearth of timber drove English coal mines deep, which led to the steam pumps, steam engines and, ultimately, the Industrial Revolution. This book presents the effect of minutiae on the great waves of history.
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU GOR003343879
Title Seeds of Wealth
Author By (author) Henry Hobhouse
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Year Published 2003
Number of Pages 272
ISBN 10 0333903552
ISBN 13 9780333903551
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
Ex Library No

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