Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

2019 Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Agriculture and Colonialism

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1179-9_618



The colonial era, typically defined as the period between the late fifteenth to nineteenth centuries, ushered in a period of European political, social, cultural, and economic domination of other territories and peoples. Colonialism was an economic prescription, a set course of augmenting European profits and markets through the extraction of natural resources (such as food, rubber, minerals, and lumber) and people (through slavery and indentured servitude) from colonized regions. European colonialism was unique from other periods of state-level imperialism and expansion because of its two-pronged model of political-economic and religious conversion efforts. Agriculture was a central component of colonialism all over the world, not only as a subsistence pattern, but also as imposed beliefs and practices that generated profound...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Archaeology/AnthropologyUniversity of Wisconsin-La CrosseLa CrosseUSA