Sweetness and Power — Mintz   Leave a comment

Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History (Sidney W. Mintz) – Sugar, like many spices that we now use as condiments, began its cultural life in the West on the apothecary’s shelf. Mintz traces its origins in the Far East but places most of the book’s emphasis on the European colonial period. Sugar, one of the main colonial products, was essential to the proper enjoyment of the “hot beverage revolution”: coffee, tea, and chocolate, and its industrial history (sordid as it is, as Mintz points out) is one of auto-catalytic loops between sugar and capitalism. The author’s long experience with Caribbean colonization allows him to shift to the other side of the master-slave relationship.

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Posted October 24, 2010 by zachmon in Uncategorized

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