Sunday, November 21, 2010

Modernity and Caffeine (especially coffee)

Ever wondered if the European take-over of the world in the early modern period had something to do with what Europeans were ingesting? Stimulants like coffee, tea, tobacco and chocolate have been credited with aiding and abetting the colonial/ imperial enterprises of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Here are some fascinating reads on the topic. What do you think?

The Essence of Commodification: Caffeine Dependencies in the Early Modern World by Ross W. Jamieson (pdf)

Caffeine and the Coming of the Enlightenment by Roger Schmidt (link)

Blog "The Role of Chemistry in History":
Coffee Creates a Social Lifestyle in Europe

Books (19th and 20th C.):

Coffee: Its physiology, history and cultivation
by Edmund C. P. Hull (1865)

Coffee: its history, cultivation and uses
by Robert Hewitt, Jr (1872)

Uncommon Grounds: the history of coffee and how it transformed our world

by Mark Pendergrast

Coffee: a dark history

by Antony Wild (2005)

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