Sweetness and power : the place of sugar in modern history

by Mintz, Sidney W. 1922-2015

Format: Print Book 1986
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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
Food, sociality, and sugar
Eating and being.

Additional Information
Subjects Sugar -- Social aspects -- History.
Sugar trade -- Social aspects -- History.
Publisher New York :Penguin Books,1986
Language English
Notes "Elisabeth Sifton books."
Description xxx, 274 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 20 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [215]-227) and index.
ISBN 0140092331 (pbk.)
9780140092332 (pbk.)
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