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1. Global economy

1.1. Asia to 1800

Throughout tropical and subtropical Asia, rice has been grown for millennia; in the early modern period, too, it was enormously important as a basic foodstuff. The major forms of production were growing in coastal and riverine lowlands that were naturally or artificially flooded (marsh rice or wild rice), terrace cultivation with artificial irrigation, and the cultivation of less demanding varieties at higher altitudes (uplan…

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Häberlein, Mark and Sanz Lafuente, Gloria, “Rice”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 04 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026443>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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