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The plough did more than create the underpinning of civilisation - with all its benefits and inequities. Different types of plough led to different types of civilisation.

The plough was a simple yet transformative technology. It was the plough that kick-started civilisation in the first place - that, ultimately, made our modern economy possible. But the plough did more than create the underpinning of civilisation - with all its benefits and inequities. Different types of plough led to different types of civilisation.

Presenter: Tim Harford
Producer: Ben Crighton.

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