1. What were the social, political, cultural, and economic processes associated with the rise of sugar as a commodity? 2. We know that sweetness is not universally desired, and yet it is consumed in such massive amounts by Europeans and North Americans that we can be excused for believing that it is. What can we say about the history of sugar as a commodity that might help explain why this happened?

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1. What were the social, political, cultural, and economic processes associated with the rise of sugar as a commodity?
2. We know that sweetness is not universally desired, and yet it is consumed in such massive amounts by Europeans and North Americans that we can be excused for believing that it is. What can we say about the history of sugar as a commodity that might help explain why this happened?
3. How did sugar plantations restructure social, cultural, and economic patterns in the Caribbean and in Britain?
4. What is Sidney Mintz’s view of history, of the logics of historical process, and of humanity’s place within its grand sweep?
5. How is agrarian society different from industrial society?
6. Define and provide an example of a discourse.
7. What is “orientalism,” and what are the diverse elements that define it, according to Edward Said?
8. What was the world like in 1400, according to Eric Wolf?

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