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Author Fattacciu, Irene, 1980- author.

Title Empire, political economy, and the diffusion of chocolate in the Atlantic world / Irene Fattacciu
Published New York, NY : Routledge, 2020
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Series Early modern Iberian history in global contexts: connexions
Early modern Iberian history in global contexts: connexions
Summary "Chocolate is one of the most visible examples of how a deeply exotic consumer product penetrating our daily lives fascinated Europeans during the Early Modern period. Today, over fifty percent of the four million tons of cocoa produced globally come from Sub-Saharan Africa. Ecuadorian cocoa, on the other hand, is considered premium quality. Yet the fact that Ecuadorian cocoa is preferred by today's artisanal chocolate makers is one of history's ironic turns. During the eighteenth century, production and exports of Ecuadorian cocoa dramatically expanded due to its fast growth rate, high yield and low price, though certainly not due to its qualities of taste. This book analyzes the transition of chocolate from an exotic curiosity to an Atlantic commodity. It shows how local, inter-regional, and Atlantic markets interacted with one another and with imperial political economies. It explains how these interactions, intertwined with the resilience of local artisanal production, promoted the partial democratization of chocolate consumption as well as economic growth"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Irene Fattacciu is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of La Tuscia, Italy
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Subject Cocoa trade -- Atlantic Ocean Region -- History
Cocoa trade -- Ecuador -- History
Cocoa trade.
HISTORY / General
Atlantic Ocean Region -- Commerce -- History
Atlantic Ocean Region.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019055324
ISBN 1000036510