Sweetness and Power by Sidney Mintz (Summary) — Place of Sugar in Modern History

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When talking about sugar, what comes to mind? Most of the snacks we consume today contain sugar. Since childhood, we’ve become so used to sugar that it’s almost as if our lives are inseparable from sugar and its sweet taste. Nowadays, sugar is so common that we often take it for granted. However, before the 20th century, sugar was not only a luxury sought by nobles but also an important factor in advancing the course of history. After the discovery of the New World, sugar was nearly as valuable as gold and silver in the emerging world trade system.

The emergence of sugar even led to the birth of new trade chains. Sugar not only became an “international commodity” popular among the upper class in Europe, but also facilitated capitalism and economic development in Europe. How did sugar make such a huge impact in history? Why did it gain such a high status? You will find the answers to these questions in this book, Sweetness and Power.

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