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Sweetness and power : the place of sugar in modern history

Author: Sidney W Mintz
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Viking, 1985.
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In thid book the author 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 its use first as an extravagant luxury for the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Mintz, Sidney Wilfred, 1922-
Sweetness and power.
New York, N.Y. : Viking, 1985
(OCoLC)756466236
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sidney W Mintz
ISBN: 0670687022 9780670687022 0140092331 9780140092332
OCLC Number: 11088957
Notes: "Elisabeth Sifton books."
Description: xxx, 274 pages, [12] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Food, sociality, and sugar --
Production --
Consumption --
Power --
Eating and being.
Responsibility: Sidney W. Mintz.

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In thid book the author 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 its 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.
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