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Sun Dec 11, 2011, 09:14 PM

New book list out, with some interesting history topics.

The Economist has posted a list of new books out on mostly non-fiction, some history topics.
I found this one intriguing.
Here is the link to the entire list..Books of the Year

http://www.economist.com/node/21541386

and here is the link to this book:
http://www.economist.com/node/21525808


"The Sugar Barons: Family, Corruption, Empire, and War in the West Indies. By Matthew Parker. Walker & Co; 446 pages;
IT IS no exaggeration to say that the foundations of the modern globalised world were made of sugar. In the 15th century Europeans first encountered its sweet delights. Within a couple of hundred years the coming of sea power, and with it the means to create empires across the oceans, resulted in large tracts of land in South America and the Caribbean being seized. Much of it was used in the production of sugar, which was steadily evolving from being a scarce luxury to a daily necessity.
The English were late starters. Rather than compete directly with the Spanish and the Portuguese for territory on the South American mainland, they concentrated on gaining control of islands in the West Indies, first Barbados and then Jamaica and less important acquisitions, such as Antigua. Matthew Parkerís narrative account of the sugar trade and the formidable families who were behind it, in particular the Draxes, the Codringtons and William Beckford of Fonthill (pictured) and his forebears, is a tumultuous rollercoaster of a book."

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Reply New book list out, with some interesting history topics. (Original post)
dixiegrrrrl Dec 2011 OP
eppur_se_muova Dec 2011 #1
bemildred Dec 2011 #2
Adsos Letter Dec 2011 #3
dixiegrrrrl Dec 2011 #4
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Mon Dec 12, 2011, 02:05 AM

1. A shorter read on sugar: "Sweetness and Power"

http://www.powells.com/biblio/1-0140092331-0 by a Carribean academic and descendant of sugar plantation slaves.

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Mon Dec 12, 2011, 09:50 PM

2. Good stuff there, thanks nt

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Tue Dec 13, 2011, 02:31 AM

3. Thanks for those links!

The book on the war in the Congo looks very interesting.

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Response to Adsos Letter (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 13, 2011, 09:31 AM

4. Hey Adsos...good to see you!

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Tue Dec 13, 2011, 12:05 PM

5. Hello, dixiegrrrrl !

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