The Story of Sugar

By Peter Macinnis
(Allen & Unwin Academic, Paperback, 9781865086576, 216pp.)

Publication Date: May 2003

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This social and historical exploration traces the history of sugarcane from its home in New Guinea to Shakespeare's England. Fascinating sugar lore and anecdotes are included, such as how Queen Elizabeth I became so partial to hippocras (mulled wine), sugared almonds, and pastilles that her teeth turned completely black. Explored are the political and sociological impacts of sugar on the world and the tremendous riches available to the unscrupulous few who grew and sold it. The days of manual processing are described, when fortunes were built on the backbreaking labor of slaves. The resulting wars and geopolitical shifts that have shaped the modern world are discussed in detail.

About the Author
Peter Macinnis, a science writer, has also been a teacher and museum educator. The author of twenty books for adults and children, including "Bittersweet: The Story of Sugar" and "Poisons: From Hemlock to Botox and the Killer Bean of Calabar", he has appeared on radio and television in his native Australia. He now works for an online encyclopedia and lives in Sydney.
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