Fishing by Brian Fagan
How the Sea Fed Civilization

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A study of global cultures that have been nurtured by the wealth from the sea...A multilayered, nuanced tour of “fishing societies throughout the world” and across millennia.
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Humanity’s last major source of food from the wild, and how it enabled and shaped the growth of civilization

In this history of fishing—not as sport but as sustenance—archaeologist and best-selling author Brian Fagan argues that fishing was an indispensable and often overlooked element in the growth of civilization. It sustainably provided enough food to allow cities, nations, and empires to grow, but it did so with a different emphasis. Where agriculture encouraged stability, fishing demanded movement. It frequently required a search for new and better fishing grounds; its technologies, centered on boats, facilitated movement and discovery; and fish themselves, when dried and salted, were the ideal food—lightweight, nutritious, and long-lasting—for traders, travelers, and conquering armies. This history of the long interaction of humans and seafood tours archaeological sites worldwide to show readers how fishing fed human settlement, rising social complexity, the development of cities, and ultimately the modern world.
 

About Brian Fagan

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Brian Fagan is emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Beyond the Blue Horizon, Elixir, the Los Angeles Times bestseller Cro-Magnon, and the New York Times bestseller The Great Warming, and many other books. He has decades of experience at sea and is the author of several titles for sailors, including the widely praised Cruising Guide to Central and Southern California. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.
 
Published September 26, 2017 by Yale University Press. 368 pages
Genres: History, Computers & Technology, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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A study of global cultures that have been nurtured by the wealth from the sea...A multilayered, nuanced tour of “fishing societies throughout the world” and across millennia.

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