Sweetness and Power (MP3 CD)

The Place of Sugar in Modern History

By Sidney W. Mintz, Tom Perkins (Narrated by)

Tantor Audio, 9781541450561

Publication Date: June 20, 2017

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (8/5/1986)
Compact Disc (6/20/2017)

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In this eye-opening study, Sidney W. 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 sugar's origins are 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.