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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Spuds and the Modern World

There's a really nice piece in the latest Smithsonian Magazine by Charles Mann on how the introduction of potatoes to Europe changed history. It's a good introduction to some aspects of what historians call "the Columbian Exchange" -- the transfer of peoples, plants, animals, and diseases between the Americas and Eurasia that in a very real sense produced the modern world.

Read it here.

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