Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History

Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History

by Sidney W. Mintz


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Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History by Sidney W. Mintz

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140092332
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/1986
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 131,420
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sidney W. Mintz (1922-2015) was William L. Straus, Jr., Professor, Emeritus, and cofounder of the Department of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. A renowned cultural anthropologist, he authored several books, including Three Ancient Colonies and Tasting Food, Tasting Freedom.

An award-winning audio engineer for over forty years, Tom Perkins has expanded his skills to narrating and has more than sixty titles to his credit. He learned by working with the world's best voice talent during his career, and he continues to engineer a variety of projects.

Table of Contents

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

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