Coffee A Dark History
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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 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.
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Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
|The Way We Live Now|
|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|
|Coffee, Science, and History|
|The Battle of the Hemispheres|
|Espresso: the Esperanto of Coffee|
|The Heart of Darkness|
|The Find at Kush|
|Selected Further Reading|