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A list of key readings about Potato.
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  • Economist. "Llamas and mash," The Economist Feb 28th 2008 online
  • Economist. "The potato: Spud we like," (leader) The Economist Feb 28th 2008 online
  • Boomgaard, Peter. "In the Shadow of Rice: Roots and Tubers in Indonesian History, 1500-1950." Agricultural History 2003 77(4): 582-610. Issn: 0002-1482 Fulltext: Ebsco
  • Langer, William L. "American Foods and Europe's Population Growth 1750-1850," Journal of Social History, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Winter, 1975), pp. 51-66 in JSTOR
  • McNeill, William H. "How the Potato Changed the World's History." Social Research 1999 66(1): 67-83. Issn: 0037-783x Fulltext: Ebsco, by a leading historian
  • McNeill, William H. "The Introduction of the Potato into Ireland," Journal of Modern History 21 (1948): 218-21. in JSTOR
  • Ó Gráda, Cormac. Black '47 and Beyond: The Great Irish Famine in History, Economy, and Memory. (1999). 272 pp.
  1. Ó Gráda, Cormac, Richard Paping, and Eric Vanhaute, eds. When the Potato Failed: Causes and Effects of the Last European Subsistence Crisis, 1845-1850. (2007). 342 pp. ISBN: 978-2-503-51985-2. 15 essays by scholars looking at Ireland and all of Europe
  • Reader, John. Propitious Esculent: The Potato in World History (2008), 315pp the standard scholarly history
  • Salaman, Redcliffe. The History and Social Influence of the Potato (1949)
  • Zuckerman, Larry. The Potato: How the Humble Spud Rescued the Western World. (1998). 304 pp.

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