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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent anthrological perspective on history
I read this book for an economic anthropology class. I thought it gave an excellent anthropological perspective on how sugar changed history. Mintz makes some striking points on the influence of slavery on the development of capitalism, as well as drawing a parallel between the sugar plantations in the Carribean and the capitalist, industrial factories that developed...
Published on 24 Dec 1998

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2.0 out of 5 stars Could have fooled me...
I never would have believed that you could fill a 275 page book on such a seemingly mundane subject as...sugar. There is a lot of (interesting) history on the subject, but this book didn't really inspire me to respect sugar as anything more than what it is...um, sugar. It definitely explores every little tangent on the subject in colonial history...which might be a...
Published on 16 Nov 1998


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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent anthrological perspective on history, 24 Dec 1998
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This review is from: Sweetness and Power: Place of Sugar in Modern History (Paperback)
I read this book for an economic anthropology class. I thought it gave an excellent anthropological perspective on how sugar changed history. Mintz makes some striking points on the influence of slavery on the development of capitalism, as well as drawing a parallel between the sugar plantations in the Carribean and the capitalist, industrial factories that developed shortly after. The book is packed with historical information, overall a really informative read.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars why sugar is just sugar, 11 Oct 2001
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Great book. The negative reviews actually support its underlying thesis, which is in part to show that we dont just take something for granted naturally, but that to be able to do so is the result of a process. The sum total of such processes help to create social, cultural and psychological identity. Mintz shows how that process works in terms of sugar and in the process demonstrates the relevance of history and anthropology. Again, Great Book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Anthropological Perspective, 22 Jun 1999
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I disagree with the poor reviews of this book. I also read it for an economic anthropology class. It was excellent. Mintz points out some mind-boggling transitions in history, and illuminates time and time again the relationship between laborer and owner of capital.
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic analysis of sugar's role in modernity, 7 Sep 2014
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With an exhilarating narrative sweep, 'Sweetness and Power' situates sugar at the emergence of modern consumer society - showing how its production institutionalised slavery and set the template for the industrial age, while its trade broke the links between calories and local food production and ushered in the modern era of global consumerism.

The scope of Mintz's research is remarkable, but it's his insights into how an everyday commodity can reveal the deep workings of history that makes this book such a classic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommend for anyone looking to read about very significant foodstuff ..., 1 Oct 2014
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Although now a historic piece, this book is a significant contribution to the history of food in both anthropology and social history. The American perspective does mean that certain aspects of British usage of foods, such as sweetened condensed milk, is lacking in detail. Recommend for anyone looking to read about very significant foodstuff which shows how the interdisciplinary approach is essential in tackling food in history.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Could have fooled me..., 16 Nov 1998
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I never would have believed that you could fill a 275 page book on such a seemingly mundane subject as...sugar. There is a lot of (interesting) history on the subject, but this book didn't really inspire me to respect sugar as anything more than what it is...um, sugar. It definitely explores every little tangent on the subject in colonial history...which might be a bad thing. It gets a little repetitive.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wow- that was bad..., 2 Sep 2003
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This poorly written book wades hip deep in every miniscule tangent about sugar without ever making a convincing point. While it briefly touches on many important aspects of the sugar production and trade over the years it doesn't explore any of these.
This book is a huge disapointment.
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1 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars SUGAR....SUGAR.....SUGAR........, 25 May 1999
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I didn't find the book anyhow good. It was a plain, bad written, boring history of sugar. History of sugar, I mean, who cares? It did have one or two pages that made me hope in a turning point for the book, but then it feel again in its initial boredom. I really didn't like it!!
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