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 is an eye opening book. An interesting historical and social look at the history of sugar, its transformation through popular culture and its african diaspora ties. Read full review

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Out of the three books assigned for my Cultural Anthropology course this one was the only which worked against my developing chronic narcolepsy. In any case this is a very dense book, full of insightful information. I would read it on my spare time and still sincerely enjoy it. I recommend this book to any mind of intelligence.  


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Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

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