Lecture Description

This lecture explores how to understand the world-economy by examining the distribution of food, in this case wheat. Starting with the myth of Demeter and Persephone as stories about food storage, this lecture looks at how food storage changed how empires worked during the time of the American Revolution and Catherine the Great’s transformation of Russia through its invasion of the northern section of the Black Sea, around Ukraine. It also explores how conflicts over the delivery of grain shaped world wars I and II.


Food Revolutionary and Early National

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Scott Reynolds Nelson

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