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Fruits of empire : exotic produce and British taste, 1660-1800 / James Walvin
Bib ID 211638
Format BookBook
Author
Walvin, James
 
Description New York : New York University Press, 1997 
xiii, 219 p. ; 23 cm. 
ISBN 0814793142
Summary

What could be more British than a cup of tea? What has proved more resilient vice in Western life than tobacco? What are the origins of our enthusiasm for spice, smoke, and sugar? James Walvin here illustrates how the tastes of the British people, and ultimately the sensory predilections of the entire West, were profoundly transformed by the fruits of distant empire and trade. Tracing the history of British global trade and the drive for imperial pre-eminence to the rise of a new kind of domestic material consumption, Fruits of Empire devotes chapters to the allure and spread of tea, coffee, tobacco, chocolate, the potato, and sugar, thereby revealing a continuum between the British passion for empire and the contemporary Western passion to consume.

Full contents
  • 1. Attractions of the East
  • 2. Tea
  • 3. Coffee
  • 4. War, Disease and Settlement: the Americas
  • 5. The Indian Weed: Tobacco
  • 6. The Aztec Drink: Chocolate
  • 7. Feeding the People: the Potato
  • 8. The African Gift: Sugar
  • 9. The Cause of All Distress: Plantations
  • 10. Shops and Shopping
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 199-212) and index.

Subjects Produce trade -- Great Britain -- Colonies -- History.  |  Consumption (Economics) -- Great Britain -- History.  |  Great Britain -- Commerce -- History.  |  Great Britain -- Colonies -- Commerce -- History.  |  Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 18th century.  |  Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 17th century.

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