New PDF release: Rice, Agriculture, and the Food Supply in Premodern Japan

By Charlotte von Verschuer,Wendy Cobcroft

The majority of experiences at the agricultural background of Japan have fascinated with the general public management of land and creation, and rice, the critical income, has got the main realization. in spite of the fact that, whereas this cereal has in actual fact performed a decisive position within the public economic climate of the japanese kingdom, it has no longer had a main position in agricultural creation. faraway from confining its scope to a research of rice becoming for tax reasons, this quantity appears to be like on the subsistence financial system within the plant state as a complete.


This ebook examines the background of agriculture in premodern Japan from the eighth to the seventeenth century, facing the historical past of agricultural concepts and meals provide of rice, wheat, millet and different grains. Drawing largely on fabric from heritage, literature, archaeology, ethnography and botany, it analyses all of the farming operations from sowing to harvesting, and the customs bearing on intake. It additionally demanding situations the common thought that rice cultivation has been the root of "Japaneseness" for 2 millennia and the root of jap civilization through targeting the biodiversity and polycultural traditions of Japan. extra, it is going to play a task within the present discussion at the way forward for sustainable agricultural construction from the viewpoints of ecology, biodiversity, nutritional tradition and nutrients protection through the global as conventional suggestions akin to crop rotation are explored in reference to the safeguarding of the minerals within the soil.


Surveying agricultural recommendations around the centuries and highlighting the nutritional range of Japan, this booklet will attract scholars and students of jap background, the background of technology and know-how, medieval historical past, cultural anthropology and agriculture.

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