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

Stuart B. Schwartz


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 scholars, this book re-evaluates this so-called “sugar revolution.” A comprehensive comparative study of early Atlantic sugar economies, the 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), the essays sh ... More

Keywords: sugar, slavery, capitalism, Atlantic world, sugar economies, Spain, Portugal, technology, plantation colonies, multiracial societies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780807828755
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807895627_schwartz


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stuart B. Schwartz, editor