Coffee A Dark History

ISBN-10: 0393060713
ISBN-13: 9780393060713
Edition: 2005
Authors: Antony Wild
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Description: COFFEE TRADER and historian Antony Wild delivers a rollicking history of the most valuable legally traded commodity in the world after oil--and an industry that employs one hundred million people throughout the world. From obscure beginnings in East  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 344
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

COFFEE TRADER and historian Antony Wild delivers a rollicking history of the most valuable legally traded commodity in the world after oil--and an industry that employs one hundred million people throughout the world. From obscure beginnings in East Africa in the fifteenth century as a stimulant in religious devotion, coffee became an imperial commodity, produced by poor tropical countries and consumed by rich temperate ones. Through the centuries, the influence of coffee on the rise of capitalism and its institutions has been enormous. Revolutions were once hatched in coffeehouses, commercial alliances forged, secret societies formed, and politics and art endlessly debated. Today, while coffee chains spread like wildfire, coffee-producing countries are in crisis: with prices at a historic low, they are plagued by unprecedented unemployment, abandoned farms, enforced migration, and massive social disruption. Bridging the gap between coffee's dismal colonial past and its perilous corporate present, "Coffee reveals the shocking exploitation that has always lurked at the heart of the industry.

Preface
Prologue
The Way We Live Now
Origins
Enter the Dragon
The Mocha Trade
Coffee and Societies
The Fall of Mocha
Slavery and the Coffee Colonies
The Continental System and Napoleon's Alternative to Coffee
Napoleon and St Helena
Slavery, Brazil, and Coffee
The Great Exhibition
Harar and Rimbaud: the Cradle and the Crucible
Modern Times
Coffee, Science, and History
The Battle of the Hemispheres
Fair Trade
Espresso: the Esperanto of Coffee
The Heart of Darkness
Coda
The Find at Kush
Selected Further Reading
Index

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