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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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

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

User Review  - John Favini - Goodreads

A really interesting study on the place of sugar in the British diet, focusing on the ways in which the transition to an imperial and then capitalistic power shaped British eating habits and made a ... Read full review

Contents

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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