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- DescriptionMuch like oil today, sugar was once the most powerful commodity on earth. It shaped world affairs, influencing the ecomic policies of nations, driving international trade and wreaking environmental havoc. The Western world's addiction to sugar came at a terrible human cost: the near extinction of the new world indigeus people gave rise to a new form of slavery, as millions of captured Africans were crammed into ships to make the dangerous voyage to Caribbean cane plantations. What began as the extraordinarily expensive luxury of bles and the very wealthy has become a staple in the modern world. Indeed, it played its own role in creating that world, fuelling the workers of the Industrial Revolution, and giving rise to the craze for fast food. Sugar: A Bittersweet History tells the extraordinary, dramatic and thought-provoking story of this most commonplace of products from its very origins to the present day. Elizabeth Abbott examines: how and in what quantities we still consume sugar; its role in the crisis of obesity and diabetes; how its cultivation continues to affect the environment; and, how coerced labor continues in so many sugar-producing nations. Richly detailed, impeccably researched and thoroughly compelling, Sugar is a comprehensive social history of a substance that has revolutionized the way we eat, and poignant testimony to the suffering endured in the name of satisfying the world's sweet tooth.
- Author BiographyElizabeth Abbott is Research Associate at Trinity College, University of Toronto and, from 1991 to 2004, was Dean of Women. She is the author of several books, including A History of Mistresses and A History of Celibacy . She lives in Toronto.
- Author(s)Elizabeth Abbott
- PublisherGerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
- Date of Publication22/10/2009
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintGerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine42 mm
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