Sweetness and Power by Sidney W. Mintz audiobook

Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History

By Sidney W. Mintz
Read by Tom Perkins

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10.32 Hours 1
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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.

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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.

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Shows how the intelligent analysis of the history of a single commodity can be used to pry open the history of an entire world of social relationships and human behavior. The New York Review of Books

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Author Bio: Sidney W. Mintz

Author Bio: Sidney W. Mintz

Sidney W. Mintz (1922-2015) was William L. Straus, Jr., Professor, Emeritus, and co-founder 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.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 10.32
Audience: Adult
Language: English