Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History

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Penguin Books, 1986 - 274 pages
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In this 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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This book was assigned about a month ago and of course I prolonged this inevitably read until the last four days. Sweetness and Power is all about the role of sugar throughout history, how it started ... Read full review

Review: Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History

User Review  - Patty - Goodreads

Fascinating study by an anthropologist about sugar/sucrose- its cultivation, effect on the burgeoning capitalist economic system of England, and its role in society. A few parts dragged a bit but I ... Read full review

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Food Sociality and Sugar
3
Production
19
Consumption
74
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Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

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