Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History
Penguin Books, 1986 - 274 pages
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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Review: Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern HistoryUser Review - Dan Allosso - Goodreads
Put down without finishing. It's not that it's a bad book. I'm apparently just not in the mood for academic history right now. Read full review
Review: Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern HistoryUser 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