FISHING
How the Sea Fed Civilization

BRIAN FAGAN
368pp 39 ILLUS & MAPS 2017 LIST PRICE: £25.00 HC76

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Fishing’s role in the development of civilisation has not received the merit that history bestows upon hunting and farming. Gently scholarly, this history of the long interaction of humans and the sea tours archaeological sites worldwide to show readers how fishing fed human settlement, rising social complexity, the development of cities and ultimately the modern world. From simple technology and subsistence to sophisticated trawlers harvesting for global distribution, fishing and marine foraging shaped economies, diets and empires. A welcome tool for the historian, the book will also appeal to those with interests in archaeology, anthropology, ecology and environmental science.