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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Captivating study by an anthropologist on the cultivation and consumption of sugar through history. Read full review

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Mintz's classic text on the history of sugar represents a classic approach to interdisciplinary work in anthropology, history, and economics, through one of the most-used foods in the modern world ... Read full review

Contents

Food Sociality and Sugar
3
Consumption
74
Bibliography
215
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Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

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