SUGAR: A BITTERSWEET HISTORY
Written by Elizabeth Abbott
Published by Penguin Group (Canada)
THIS PANORAMIC NARRATIVE vividly evokes the pleasure and the extraordinary suffering wrought by the desire for sugar from the Middle Ages to the present. The author, whose great-great-grandfather was a bit-player in the colonial sugar industry, shows how Europe’s addiction to sweetness contributed to the formation of global empires, the enslavement of entire peoples, the creation of diasporas, and the destruction of the environment. The result is a consummate work of synthesis that powerfully reveals how past inequities continue to resonate in the present.
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ELIZABETH ABBOTT is the former dean of women at Trinity College, University of Toronto, and is the bestselling author of A History of Celibacy and A History of Mistresses. She received her Ph.D. in 19th century history from McGill University and specializes in history, women’s issues, animals, and the environment. The founder of the Trinity College-Mount Sinai Pet Therapy Programme, Elizabeth Abbott lives in Toronto.