In the final part of my conversation with Scott Reynolds Nelson, author of Oceans of Grain, we move on to empire.
The earliest city states in Mesopotamia built their fortunes on their position astride grain transport routes. Still today, the ability to tax grain as it moves and to control that movement is a source of political and commercial power around the world.
And quite by coincidence, published on the anniversary of America’s War of Independence, setting it on the road to its own empire.
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