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UNIT 16: Food, Demographics, and Culture

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What role has food played in human societies? Studying the production and consumption of food allows historians to uncover hidden levels of meaning in social relationships, understand demographic shifts, and trace cultural exchange. This unit examines the earliest impact of globalization including changing cuisine, environmental impact, and the rise of forced labor as a global economic force.

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Unit 16: Food, Demographics, and Culture

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Video Segment: Food and the Columbian Exchange: The Atlantic Voyages

Food and the Columbian Exchange: The Atlantic Voyages

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Video Segment: Food and the Columbian Exchange: The Caribbean Experience

Food and the Columbian Exchange: The Caribbean Experience

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Video Segment: Changing Diets, Population, and Trade: China

Changing Diets, Population, and Trade: China

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Candice Goucher Perspectives on the Past

Candice Goucher discusses the fear that consumption of exotic and genetically modified foods disrupts the order of nature.
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