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Sweetness and power : the place of sugar in modern history

Author: Sidney W Mintz
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1986. ß1985
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A fascinating persuasive history of how sugar has shaped the world, from European colonies to our modern diets In this eye-opening study, Sidney Mintz 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sidney W Mintz
ISBN: 1101666641 9781101666647
OCLC Number: 1031922315
Notes: "Elisabeth Sifton books."
Description: 1 online resource (xxx, 274 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents: Food, sociality, and sugar --
Production --
Consumption --
Power --
Eating and being.
Responsibility: Sidney W. Mintz.
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A fascinating persuasive history of how sugar has shaped the world, from European colonies to our modern diets In this eye-opening study, Sidney Mintz 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 is 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. "Like sugar, Mintz is persuasive, and his detailed history is a real treat." -San Francisco Chronicle.

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