- Paperback: 274 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (August 5, 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140092331
- ISBN-13: 978-0140092332
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 52 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History Reprint Edition
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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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"A fine book. It not only tells a fascinating story, it is also something of an antidote to the static quality of much anthropological writing." -Jack Goody, The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Sidney W. Mintz was a professor at the Johns Hopkins University, where he taught anthropology. His academic specialization focused on the anthropology of food, with a particular focus on the consumption and commodification of sugar. His works include Tasting Food, Tasting Freedom: Excursions into Eating, Culture, and the Past; The World of Soy; and Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History. He died in 2015.
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My greatest insight from this book derives from the above understanding that the increasing use of sugar in the diets of "modernized" people reflects upon its ability to provide calories (thus energy) at a cheap price, in a product with "shelf-life" that allows people to focus on their work (for their employers) for eight or more hours per day.
I might add that this book was a great "warm-up" read before I began the two volume set: The Invention of the White Race, by Theodore Allen.