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International Journal of History

2022, Vol. 4, Issue 1, Part B

From sweetness to servitude


Author(s): Sachin Dev

Abstract: This study examines Sidney Mintz's book Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History (1986), which takes an interdisciplinary approach to the issue of sovereignty, looking at it through the lenses of anthropology, culture, psychology, and economics. His work in the nineteenth century seeks to explain how a commodity and its use have resulted in a shift in global culture and history, as he engages with the changing world through anthropology. This global history of a commodity highlights important characteristics such as production structure and consumer relevance. Mintz highlights the significance of a colonial product like sugar in the formation of global capitalism, as well as its connections to slavery and subsequently, unfree labour.

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Sachin Dev. From sweetness to servitude. Int J Hist 2022;4(1):75-77.
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