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The shaping of food landscapes from the Neolithic to Industrial period: changing agro-ecosystems between three agrarian revolutions

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Authors Gunilla Almered Olsson
Published in Zeunert J. & Waterman T. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Food
Pages 602
ISBN 9781138125155
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London and New York
Publication year 2018
Published at School of Global Studies, Human Ecology
Pages 602
Language en
Keywords agroecosystems, environmental history, agricultural revolutions, traditional ecological knowledge, bio-cultural diversity, transition towards sustainability
Subject categories Ecology, Cultural Studies, Social Sciences Interdisciplinary


This chapter focuses on critical factors shaping agricultural landscapes during the longest period in human agricultural history, between the Neolithic and Industrial revolutions, roughly 6,000 years. The diversity of European agro-ecosystems are related to the interaction between local environmental factors and traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) expressed in applied agrarian techniques and practices, implying the development of rich bio-cultural diversity at the levels of landscape, habitats and species. This chapter covers part of the time period treated in the preceding chapter but continues further until emergence of the Industrial period, in the early nineteenth century. The chapters are complementary.

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