Tropical Babylons Sugar and the Making of the Atlantic World, 1450-1680

ISBN-10: 0807855383
ISBN-13: 9780807855386
Edition: 2004
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List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 9/6/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

The idea that sugar, plantations, slavery, and capitalism were all present at the birth of the Atlantic world has long dominated scholarly thinking. In nine original essays by a multinational group of top scholars, Tropical Babylons re-evaluates this so-called "sugar revolution." The most comprehensive comparative study to date of early Atlantic sugar economies, this collection presents a revisionist examination of the origins of society and economy in the Atlantic world. Focusing on areas colonized by Spain and Portugal (before the emergence of the Caribbean sugar colonies of England, France, and Holland), these essays show that despite reliance on common knowledge and technology, there were considerable variations in the way sugar was produced. With studies of Iberia, Madeira and the Canary Islands, Hispaniola, Cuba, Brazil, and Barbados, this volume demonstrates the similarities and differences between the plantation colonies, questions the very idea of a sugar revolution, and shows how the specific conditions in each colony influenced the way sugar was produced and the impact of that crop on the formation of "tropical Babylons"--multiracial societies of great oppression.

Stuart B. Schwartz is the George Burton Adams Professor of History and chair of the Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies at Yale University. His many books include "All Can Be Saved: Religious Tolerance and Salvation in the Iberian Atlantic World".

Introduction
Sugar in Iberia
Sugar Islands : the sugar economy of Madeira and the Canaries, 1450-1650
The sugar economy of Espanola in the sixteenth century
Sugar and slavery in early colonial Cuba
A commonwealth within itself : the early Brazilian sugar industry, 1550-1670
The Atlantic slave trade to 1650
The expansion of the sugar market in Western Europe
The sugar industry in the seventeenth century : a new perspective on the Barbadian "sugar revolution"

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