James McCann – Maize and Grace: A History of Africa’s Encounter with a New World Crop

The Dissenter | 20 October 2023 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with James McCann about his book Maize and Grace: Africa’s Encounter with a New World Crop, 1500-2000. Discusses maize and its main traits as a crop; how it spread across the globe, and particularly, how it got to Africa; the role of politics and economics in the spread of maize across Africa, and the illustrative example of southern Africa, and how politics, science, and race intermingled there; the impact of maize on Africa’s biodiversity and the health and nutrition of African people; how colonialism influenced the spread of crops across the globe; the causal relationship between climate and history; and the work of Jared Diamond, and the idea of geographical determinism.

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