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Sugar : the world corrupted, from slavery to obesity / James Walvin
Bib ID 7463543
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Author
Walvin, James, author
 
Description London : Robinson, 2017 
xxiv, 325 pages ; 24 cm 
ISBN 9781472138101 (paperback) (back cover)
1472138104 (paperback) (back cover)
9781472138095 (hardback)
1472138090 (hardback)
Summary

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 instead evolved from a complexity of historical forces which stretch back centuries. We can only fully understand this modern problem, by coming to terms with its genesis and history: and we need to consider the historical relationship between society and sweetness over a long historical span. This book seeks to do just that: to tell the story of how the consumption of sugar - the addition of sugar to food and drink - became a fundamental and increasingly troublesome feature of modern life.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-315) and index.

Subjects Sugar -- History.  |  Sugar trade -- History.  |  Sugar -- Social aspects.  |  Sugar -- Health aspects.
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