Cocoa and Chocolate, 1765-1914

Overview

This pioneering study examines all aspects of the history of cocoa and chocolate and the effect of these commodities globally. William Gervase Clarence-Smith looks at the effects of increased production of cocoa on the environment and on land distribution, at the coercion of labor to work the plantations, at the manufacture of chocolate, at taxation, and at consumption.
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Overview

This pioneering study examines all aspects of the history of cocoa and chocolate and the effect of these commodities globally. William Gervase Clarence-Smith looks at the effects of increased production of cocoa on the environment and on land distribution, at the coercion of labor to work the plantations, at the manufacture of chocolate, at taxation, and at consumption.
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'An extremely valuable account of the world history of cocoa and chocolate in the long nineteenth century which sheds new light on a number of aspects.'Bulletin of the German Historical Institute, London

'This is an impressive book, realistically optimistic in its vision and profoundly humane in its conclusions.'Journal of African History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415215763
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements
1 The commodity chain 1
2 The consumption of chocolate 10
3 Taxation, regulation and war 33
4 The chocolate industry 65
5 Commercialisation and credit 93
6 Access to forested land 125
7 Modes of cultivation 163
8 Coerced and free labour 195
Conclusion: Lessons from the past 227
App. 1 Cocoa prices 229
App. 2 Cocoa exports 233
App. 3 Cocoa output in selected countries and decades 245
App. 4: Weights, measures and currency 247
App. 5: Maps 250
References 259
Index 297
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