Fruits of Empire: Exotic Produce and British Taste, 1660-1800

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What could be more British than a cup of tea? what has proved a more resilient vice in Western life than tobacco? What are the origins of our enthusiasm for spice, smoke, and sugar? James Walvin illustrates how the tastes of the British people, and ultimately the sensory predilections of the entire west, were profoundly transformed by the fruits of distant empire and trade. Tracing the history of British global trade and the drive for imperial preeminence to the rise of a new kind of domestic material consumption, Fruits of Empire devotes chapters to the allure and spread of tea, coffee, tobacco, chocolate, the potato, and sugar, thereby revealing a continuum between the British passion for empire and the contemporary Western passion to consume. Lively and revealing, Fruits of Empire is that unusual work of history that will both inform and entertain.

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James Walvin is Professor of History at the University of York in England. He has published widely on modern social history and on the history of slavery, including leisure and society, 1830-1950.


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Walvin, James
Published by NYU Press (1997)
ISBN 10: 0814793142 ISBN 13: 9780814793145
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Book Description NYU Press, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110814793142

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