Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History
In this book the author 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 its 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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Fledgist - LibraryThing
An exploration of the role played by the cultivation and production sugar in shaping the modern world. The tall, sweet grass is a thing of power, whether as a crop, a product, or an item of consumption Read full review
A must read!User Review - Blue27 - Borders
This is an eye opening book. An interesting historical and social look at the history of sugar, its transformation through popular culture and its african diaspora ties. Read full review