Sweetness And Power: The Place Of Sugar In Modern History

Paperback | August 5, 1986

bySidney 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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A fascinating persuasive history of how sugar has shaped the world, from European colonies to our modern dietsIn 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 dis...

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"Shows how the intelligent analysis of the history of a single commodity can be used to pry open the history of an entire world of social relationships and human behavior."—The New York Review of Books.

"Shows how the intelligent analysis of the history of a single commodity can be used to pry open the history of an entire world of social relationships and human behavior."—The New York Review of Books.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.5 inPublished:August 5, 1986Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140092331

ISBN - 13:9780140092332

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Table of Contents

Sweetness and Power - Sidney W. Mintz Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations
Introduction
1. Food, Sociality, and Sugar
2. Production
3. Consumption
4. Power
5. Eating and Being
Bibliography
Notes
Index

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"Shows how the intelligent analysis of the history of a single commodity can be used to pry open the history of an entire world of social relationships and human behavior." -The New York Review of Books"Like sugar, Mintz is persuasive, and his detailed history is a real treat." -San Francisco Chronicle"A fine book. It not only tells a fascinating story, it is also something of an antidote to the static quality of much anthropological writing." -Jack Goody, The New York Times Book Review