Seeds of Change

Six Plants That Transformed Mankind
Henry Hobhouse
Introduced by the author

Humble plants have long been the spur to economic growth, the key to political power, the tools of conquest, yet until Henry Hobhouse wrote this pioneering book, they had rarely warranted even a footnote in history.

For every two tonnes of sugar produced, a slave died: all to sweeten an Englishman’s cup of tea. Sugar was once a luxury, but by 1800 whole islands had been planted with it. Humble plants have long been the spur to economic growth, the key to political power and the tools of conquest, yet until Henry Hobhouse wrote this pioneering book, they had rarely warranted even a footnote in history. In Seeds of Change, they lie at the heart of six riveting dramas. Introducing us along the way to traders, politicians, slaves, scientists and farmers whose destinies were driven by ‘the seeds of change’, Hobhouse’s fascinating history maps out the far-reaching impact of agricultural industrialisation.

Quarter-bound in cloth with Modigliani paper sides printed with a design by Neil Packer

Set in Garamond

400 pages

24 pages of colour and black & white plates

Printed map endpapers

Plain slipcase

10˝ x 6¾˝

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