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  • Sugar: The world corrupted, from slavery to obesity | James Walvin

    Sugar: The world corrupted, from slavery to obesity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Walvin
    • Narrated By Roger Davis
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    How did a simple commodity, once the prized monopoly of kings and princes, become an essential ingredient in the lives of millions, before mutating yet again into the cause of a global health epidemic? Prior to 1600, sugar was a costly luxury, the preserve of the rich. But with the rise of the European sugar colonies in the Americas in the 17th century, sugar became cheap, ubiquitous and hugely popular - an everyday necessity.

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