Coffee: A Dark History

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  • Linking alchemy, anthropology, politics, and science, Antony Wild uncovers the intrigue that coffee has woven into its 500-year history. 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. 8 pages of color illustrations.
  • Author:
    Antony Wild
    Binding:
    Paperback
    Dewey Decimal Number:
    641
    EAN:
    9780393337396
    ISBN:
    0393337391
    Label:
    W. W. Norton & Company
    Languages:
    English
    List Price:
    $21.95
    Manufacturer:
    W. W. Norton & Company
    Number Of Items:
    1
    Number Of Pages:
    344
    Product Group:
    Book
    Product Type Name:
    ABIS_BOOK
    Publication Date:
    2005-06-01
    Publisher:
    W. W. Norton & Company
    Studio:
    W. W. Norton & Company
    Title:
    Coffee: A Dark History

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