Sweetness and Power

Sweetness and Power

The Place of Sugar in Modern History

Book - 1986
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A fascinating persuasive history of how sugar has shaped the world, from European colonies to our modern diets

In this eye-opening study, Sidney Mintz shows how Europeans and Americans transformed sugar from a rare foreign luxury to a commonplace necessity of modern life, and how it changed the history of capitalism and industry. He discusses the production and consumption of sugar, and reveals how closely interwoven are sugar's origins as a "slave" crop grown in Europe's tropical colonies with is use first as an extravagant luxury for the aristocracy, then as a staple of the diet of the new industrial proletariat. Finally, he considers how sugar has altered work patterns, eating habits, and our diet in modern times.

"Like sugar, Mintz is persuasive, and his detailed history is a real treat." - San Francisco Chronicle
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1986, c1985
ISBN: 9780140092332
0140092331
Branch Call Number: 394.12 Min
Characteristics: xxx, 274 p. : ill

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lukasevansherman
Jul 21, 2014

I would recommend Elizabeth Abbott's "Sugar: A Bittersweet History" over this, as it's more for the general reader and this is more academic and dry.

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