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Description - Sugar by Professor James Walvin

An 'entertaining, informative and utterly depressing global history of an important commodity . . . By alerting readers to the ways that modernity's very origins are entangled with a seemingly benign and delicious substance, HOW SUGAR CORRUPTED THE WORLD raises fundamental questions about our world.' - Sven Beckert, the Laird Bell professor of American history at Harvard University and the author of EMPIRE OF COTTON: A GLOBAL HISTORY

'A brilliant and thought-provoking history of sugar and its ironies'

Bee Wilson, Wall Street Journal

'Shocking and revelatory . . . no other product has so changed the world, and no other book reveals the scale of its impact.' David Olusoga

'This study could not be more timely.' Laura Sandy, Lecturer in the History of Slavery, University of Liverpool

The story of sugar, and of mankind's desire for sweetness in food and drink is a compelling, though confusing story. It is also an historical story.

The story of mankind's love of sweetness - the need to consume honey, cane sugar, beet sugar and chemical sweeteners - has important historical origins. To take a simple example, two centuries ago, cane sugar was vital to the burgeoning European domestic and colonial economies. For all its recent origins, today's obesity epidemic - if that is what it is - did not emerge overnight, but

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781472138125
ISBN-10: 1472138120
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 126mm x 26mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Robinson
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 7-Feb-2019
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Professor James Walvin

JAMES WALVIN is the author of many books on slavery and modern social history. His book, Crossings, was published by Reaktion Books in 2013. His first book, with Michael Craton, was a detailed study of a sugar plantation: A Jamaican Plantation, Worthy Park, 1670-1970 (Toronto, 1970). He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2006, and in 2008 was awarded an OBE for services to scholarship.

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