“Production and Consumption in World History, 1450-1950: A Working Bibliography”
(last revised: November 2, 2009)

Compiled by Terry Burke
Professor Emeritus of History, UC Santa Cruz


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Appadurai, Arjun. The Social Life of Things. (Cambridge: CUP, 1988).

Binsbergen, Wim M.J. van & Peter L. Geschiere eds., Commodification: Things, Agency, and Identities (The Social Life of Things Revisited).
(Münster: Lit ; Piscataway, NJ: Distributed in North America by Transaction Pub., 2005).

Braudel, Fernand. Civilization and Capitalism, 15th- 18th Centuries. 3vols. (NY: Harper and Row, 1981-82).

Brewer, John and Roy Porter. Consumption and the World of Goods. (London: Routledge, 1994).

Brewer, John and Frank Trentmann eds. Consuming Cultures, Global Perspectives.
(Oxford, Oxford university Press, 2006).

Cohen, Leah. Glass, Paper, Beans: Revelations on the Nature and Value of Ordinary Things (New York: Doubleday, 1998)

Crosby, Alfred. The Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492 (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2003).

Crosby, Alfred. Environmental Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900. (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press,1986).

Curtin, Philip. The Rise and Fall of the Plantation Complex. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990).

Diamond, Jared. Guns, Germs and Steel. (NY: 2005).

de Grazia, Victoria. ed., The Sex of Things: Gender and Consumption in Historical Perspective (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996).

Lemire, Beverly. The Business of Everyday Life: Gender, Practice and Social Politics in England, c.1600-1900 (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2005).

Marks, Robert. Origins of the Modern World Economy (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002).

Pilcher, Jeffrey. M. Food in World History (New York: Routledge, 2006)

Polanyi, Karl. The Great Transformation (Boston: Beacon Books, 1957).

Pomeranz, Kenneth and Steven Topik, The World That Trade Created: Society, Culture, and the World Economy, 1400 to Present (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, Inc., 2006).

Richards, John. The Unending Frontier (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002).

Topik, Steven Carlos Marichal and Zephyr Frank, From Silver to Cocaine: Latin American commodity chains and the building of the world economy, 1500-2000 Durham NC: Duke University Press, 2006.

Tucker, Richard P. Insatiable Appetite. The United States and the Ecological Degradation of the Tropical World (Berkeley: UC Press, 2000)

Wallerstein, Immanuel. The Modern World System 3 vols. (Addison-Wesley, dates).

Yergin, Daniel. The Commanding Heights. The Battle for the World Economy (NY: 1998.

Consumption Around the World

Bauer, Arnold. Goods, Power, History: Latin America’s Material Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001).

Berg, Maxine. Luxury and Pleasure in Eighteenth Century Britain (Oxford: OUP, 2005).

Breen, Timothy. Marketplace of Revolution: How Consumer Politics Shaped American Independence (Oxford, 2004).

Brook, Timothy. Vermeer’s Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World (London: Bloomsbury, 2008).

Dikotter, Frank. Exotic Commodities: Modern Objects and Everyday Life in China (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007).

Goldgar, Anne. Tulipmania: Money, Honor and Knowledge in the Dutch Golden Age (Chicago, 2007).

Klaffke, Pamela. Spree: a Cultural History of Shopping (Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2003).

Paquet, Laura Byrne. The Urge to Splurge: a Social History of Shopping (Toronto: ECW Press, 2003).

Paterson, Mark. Consumption and Everyday Life (London: Routledge, 2006).

Prestholdt, Jeremy, Domesticating the World: African Consumerism and the Genealogies of Globalization (Berkeley: University of California, 2008).

Quataert, Donald, Consumption Studies and the History of the Ottoman Empire, 1550-1922

Riello, Giorgio, A Foot in the Past: Consumers, Producers, and Footwear in the Long Eighteenth Century (Oxford: OUP, 2006).

Riello, Giorgio and Peter McNeil, Shoes: A History From Sandals to Sneakers (London: Berg, 2006)

Rivoli, Pietra. The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power and Politics of World Trade (New York: Wiley; 2 edition (2009),

Taussig, Michael. The Devil and Commodity Fetishism in South America (Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1980).

Topik, Steven and Allen Wells. The Second Conquest of Latin America, Oil, Henequen, and Coffee (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1998).

Topik, Steven. From Silver to Cocaine Latin American Commodity Chains and the Building of the World Economy, 1500-2000 (Durham NC: Duke University Press, 2006).

History of Fashion

Becker, G. S. Accounting for Tastes, Harvard, 1996

Candee, R. M. “Domestic Industry in the Factory Age: Anglo-American Development of the ‘Family’ Knitting Machine”, Textile History, 29, n. 1, 1998, pp. 62-92

Candee, R. M. “British Framework Knitters in New England: Technology Transfer and Machine Knitting in America 1820-1900”, Textile History, 31, n. 1, 2000, pp. 27-53

Grau, F.M. La haute couture, Paris 2000

Grumbach, D. Histoires de la mode, Paris 1993

Halpern, M.G. “Germantown Goods: A Survey of the Textile Industry in Germantown, Philadelphia”, Textile History, 29, n. 2, 1998, pp. 157-176.

Harvey, P. Men in Black, London 1997

Millington. J. and S. Chapman (editors), Four Centuries of Machine Knitting, (Leicester 1989).

McKendrick, N., J. Brewer and J.H. Plumb, The Birth of a Consumer Society, London 1982

Kidwell C. and M. C. Christman, Suiting everyone. The Democratization of Clothing in America, Washington 1974

Lemire, Beverly. Dress, Culture and Commerce. The English Clothing Trade before the Factory 1660-1800, London 1997

Perrot, P. Les dessus et les dessous de la bourgeoisie, Paris 1981

Ribeiro, A. The Art of Dress. Fashion in England and France 1750 to 1820, New Haven and London 1995

Roche, Daniel La culture des apparences, Paris 1989

Steele, Victoria. Paris Fashion. A Cultural History, Oxford-New York 1999

Thirsk, Joan. “The Fantastical Folly of Fashion: The English Stocking Knitting Industry, 1500-1700,” in Joan Thirsk, The Rural Economy of England. Collected Essays, London 1984, pp. 235-257.


Beckert, Sven. “Cotton and Empire,” In Jerry H. Bentley, Renate Bridenthal, and Anand A. Yang, eds. Interactions: Transregional Perspectives on World History (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2005).

Beckert, Sven. “Emancipation and Empire: Reconstructing the Worldwide Web of Cotton Production in the Age of the American Civil War” American Historical Review 109: 5 (Dec. 2004), 1405-1438.

Haynes, Douglas. “Artisan Cloth Producers in Western India 1920-50,” Past and Present 172: 170-98.

Lemire, Beverly. Fashion’s Favourite: the Cotton Trade and the Consumer in Britain, 1660-1800. (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1991).

Lemire, Beverly. Dress, Culture, and Commerce: the English clothing trade before the factory, 1660-1800 (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1997).

Parthasarathi, Prasannan. 2001. The Transition to a Colonial Economy: Weavers, Merchants and Kings in South India, 1720-1800 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

Rivoli, Pietra. The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade 2nd ed. (New York: Wiley, 2009).

Prakash, Om, Giorgio Riello Tirthankar Roy and Kaoru Sugihara. 2008. How India Clothed the World: The World of South Asian Textiles, 1500-1850 (The Hague: Brill).

Rivoli, Pietra. 2009. The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade (New York: Wiley).

Roy, Tirthankar. 1999. Traditional Industry in the Economy of Colonial India (Cambridge: CUP).

Roy, Tirthankar. “Development or Distortion? Powerlooms in India 19560-1997” Economic and Political Weekly 34: 3137-45).

Sethia, Tara. “The Rise of the Jute Manufacturing Industry in Colonial India: A Global Perspective,” Journal of World History 7:1 (Spring 1996), 71-99.

Smith, C.W. and J. T. Cothren eds., Cotton: Origin, History, Technology (New York, 1999).

Yafa, Stephen. Big Cotton: How a Humble Fiber Created Fortunes, Wrecked Civilizations, and Put America on the Map (New York: Viking, 2005).


Bell, Lynda S. One Industry, Two Chinas: Silk Filatures and Peasant-Family Production in Wuxi County, 1865-1937 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1999).

Bray, Francesca. Technology and Gender: Fabrics of Power in Late Imperial China (Berkeley: UC Pres, 1997). Esp. Ch. 4, “Women’s Work,” 180-205.

Lawton, John, Silk, Scents & Spice: Tracing the World’s Great Trade Routes: the Silk Road, the Spice Route, the Incense Trail. (Paris: UNESCO Publishing: Economica, 2004).

Scott, Philippa. The Book Of Silk (London: Thames & Hudson, 2001).

Dun, Mao. Spring Silkworms and Other Stories (tr. Gladys Yang)


Lloyd, T.H. 1977. The English Wool Trade in the Middle Ages. London.

Lydon, James G. 1965. “Fish and flour for gold: southern Europe and the colonial American balance of payments,” Business History Review XXXIX (2):171-183.

Mann, J.L. 1971. The Cloth Industry in the West of England from 1640 to 1880. Oxford.

Marino, J.A. 1988. Pastoral Economics in the Kingdom of Naples. Baltimore and London.

Millard, A.M. 1956. “The Import Trade of London 1600-1640.” unpubl. Ph.D., London School of Economics, University of London.

Phillips, Carla Rahn, and William D. Phillips, Jr. 1997. Spain’s Golden Fleece. Wool Production and the Wool Trade from the Middle Ages to the Nineteenth Century. Baltimore and London.

Power, Eileen. 1941. The Wool Trade in English Medieval History being the Ford Lectures by Eileen Power. London.

Power, Eileen. 1982. The English Woollen Industry, 1600-1700. London and Basingstoke.

Shepherd, J.F. and S. H. Williamson. “The Coastal Trade of the British North American Colonies, 1768-1772.” Journal of Economic History, XXXII (4): 783-810.

Supple, B.E. 1959. Commercial Crisis and Change, 1600-1642: A Study in the Instability of a Commercial Economy. Cambridge.


Balfour-Paul, Jenny. Indigo in the Arab World (London: Curzon, 1997).

Beeson, Jr., Kenneth H. “Indigo Production in the Eighteenth Century,” The Hispanic American Historical Review, Vol. 44, No. 2, (1964), 214-18.

Chenciner, Robert. Madder Red: A History of Luxury and Trade (Richmond, Surrey: Curzon Press, 2000).

Donkin, R. A. Spanish Red: An Ethnogeographical Study of Cochineal and the Opuntia Cactus, Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, Volume 67, Part 5. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1977.

Edelson, Max S. “The Characters of Commodities: The Reputations of South Carolina Rice and Indigo in the Atlantic World,“ in Peter A. Coclanis, ed., The Atlantic Economy during the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries: Organization, Operation, Practice, and Personnel, (Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press, 2005).

Edelstein, Sidney M. and Hector C. Boprghetty, The Plictho of Gioanventura Rosetti: Instructions in the Art of the Dyers which Teaches the Dyeing of Woolen Cloths, Linens, Cottons, and Silk by the Great Art as well as by the Common, Translation of the First Edition of 1548. (Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 1969).

Greenfield, Amy Butler. A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage and the Quest for the Color of Desire (New York: Harper-Collins, 2005).

Lee, Raymond. “Cochineal production & trade in New Spain to 1600,” The Americas 4 (1947-48):449-73.

Potter, Lesley M. “A Forest Product Out of Control: Gutta Percha in Indonesia and the Wider Malay World, 1845-1915,” In Peter Boomgaard, et al (eds.) Paper Landscapes: Explorations in the Environmental History of Indonesia (Leiden: KITLEV Press, 1997), 281-308.

Robinson, Stuart. A History of Dyed Textiles (Cambridge: MIT Press, Massachusetts, 1969).

James L. A. Webb Jr., Desert Frontier: Ecological and Economic Change Along the Western Sahel, 1600-1850 (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1995).


Allen, P. W. Natural Rubber and the Synthetics (London: Crosby Lockwood, 1972).

Dean,Warren. Brazil and the Struggle for Rubber: A Study in Environmental History(Cambridge: CUP, 1987).

Frank, Zephyr & Aldo Musacchio, “Brazil in the Rubber Trade.” In: Steven Topik, Carlos Marichal and Zephyr Frank, eds. From Silver to Cocaine: Latin American Commodity Chains and the Building of the World Economy, 1500-2000 (Durham NC: Duke University Press, 2006), 271-299.

Herbert, Vernon and Attilio Bisio, Synthetic Rubber: A Project That Had to Succeed (Greenwood Press, 1985).

Hochschild, Adam. King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa (New York: Mariner Press, 1999).

Jackson, Joe. The Thief at the End of the World: Rubber, Power and the Seeds of Empire (Penguin, 2008).

Loadman, John. Tears of the Tree: The Story of Rubber–A Modern Marvel (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005).

Stanfield, Michael. Red Rubber, Bleeding Trees: Violence, Slavery, and Empire in Northwest Amazonia, 1850-1933 (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico, 1998).

Weinstein, Barbara. The Amazon Rubber Boom, 1850-1920 (Stamford: Stamford University Press, 1983).

Yungjohann, John C. White Gold: The Diary of a Rubber Cutter in the Amazon 1906-1916 (N.P.: Synergetic Press, 1989).


Ayers, John and Rose Kerr. Blanc de Chine: Porcelain from Dehua. Richmond, Surrey: Curzon Press, 2002

Carswell, John. Blue and White: Chinese Porcelain Around the World. London: British Museum Press, 2000.

Finlay, Robert. “Porcelain in World History,” JWH 9:2 (1998):141-87

Impey, Oliver. The Early Porcelain Kilns of Japan: Arita in the First Half of the Seventeenth Century. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996.

Jenyns, Soame. Ming Pottery and Porcelain. London: Faber and Faber, 1988

Sayer, Geoffrey R. Ching-Te-Chen: Tao-Lu, or the Potteries of China. London: Routledge, 1951

Scott, Rosemary E. Elegant Form and Harmonious Decoration: Four Dynasties of Jingdezhen Porcelain. London: Sun Tree Publishing, 1992.

Vainker, S.J. Chinese Pottery and Porcelain: From Prehistory to the Present. London: British Museum Press, 1991.

Wen, Cheng and Li Zhiyan. Chinese Pottery and Porcelain. Beijing: Foreign Language Press, 1984.

Fossil Fuels (Coal, Petroleum, Natural Gas)

Andrews, Thomas G. Killing For Coal: America’s Deadliest Labor War (Cambridge: Harvard, 2009).

Goodstein, David. Out of Gas: The End of the Age of Oil (New York: W.W. Norton, 2005).

Heinberg, Robert. The Party’s Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies (Gabriola Island BC, Canada: New Society Publishers, 2006).

Klare, Michael. Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America’s Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum (New York: Henry Holt, 2004).

Manning, Richard. Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization (New York: North Point Press, 2004).

Pfeiffer, Dale Allen. Eating Fossil Fuels: Oil, Food and the Coming Crisis in Agriculture (Gabriola Island BC, Canada: New Society Publishers, 2006)

Roberts, Paul. The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World (New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2004).

Yergin, Daniel. The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, & Power New York: Free Press, 1992)

Food History: General

Albala, Ken. Pancake: A Global History (Chicago, 2008).

Bulliet, Richard. 2005. Hunters, Herders, and Hamburgers: The Past and Future of Human-Animal Relationships (New York, Columbia University Press).

DePuis, Melanie. Nature’s Perfect Food. How Milk Became Ameriaca’s Drink. NY: 2002.

Freedman, Paul. Food: The History of Taste (California, 2008)

Friedland, William. “The Global Fresh Fruit and Vegetable System: An
Organization Analysis.” In The Global Restructuring of Agro-Food Systems. Phillip McMichael, ed. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994.

Goody, Jack. Cooking, Cuisine and Class: A Study in Comparative Sociology (Cambridge, 1982).

Goody, Jack. Food and Love: A Cultural History of East and West (London, 1999)

Gosnell, Mariana. Ice: The Nature, the History and the Uses of an Astonishing Substance (Chicago, 2005).

Helstocky, Carol. Pizza: A Global History (Chicago, 2008)

Mason, Laura. Food and the Rites of Passage Proceedings of the Leeds Symposium on Food History. (Totnes, Devon: Prospect Books, 1999).

Mintz, Sidney F. 1997. Tasting Food, Tasting Freedom: Excursions into Eating, Power, and the Past (Boston, Beacon Press)

Pollan, Michael. The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s Eye View of the World. New York:
Random House, 2001.

Pollan, Michael. 2007. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (London, Penguin).

Smith, Andrew. Hamburger: A Global History (Chicago, 2009).

Portal of the Oxford and Leeds Food History symposia:


Marquardt, Steve. “Green Havoc: Panama Disease,: Environmental Change, and Labor Process in the: Central American Banana Industry.” In The American Historical Review 106, no. 1 (2001): 49-80.

Soluri, John. Banana Cultures: Agriculture, Consumption, and Environmental Change in Honduras and the United States. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005.

Striffler, Steve, and Mark Moberg. Banana Wars: Power, Production, and History in the Americas. Durham: Duke University Press, 2003.

Kennedy, Jean. “Pacific Bananas: Complex Origins, Multiple Dispersals? ” Asian Perspectives 47, no. 1 (2008): 75-94.

Langdon, Robert. “The Banana as a Key to Early American and Polynesian History.” The Journal of Pacific History 28, no. 1 (1993): 15-35.

Corn, Potatoes, Wheat

Carney, Judith A. Black Rice: The African Origins of Rice Cultivation in the Americas (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2001).

McCann, James C. Maize and Grace: Africa’s Encounter with a New World Croop, 1500-2000 (Cambridge: Harvard, 2005).

Reader, John. Propitious Esculent: The Potato in World History (London: Heinemann, 2008).

Salaman, Redcliffe N. The Social History of the Potato (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000).

Warman, Arturo. Corn and Capitalism: How a Botanical Bastard Grew to Global Dominance (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2003).

Zuckerman, Larry. The Potato: How the Humble Spud Rescued the Western World (New York: Farrar Strauss, 1998).


Adas, Michael. 1974. The Burma Delta: Economic Development and Social Change on an Asian Rice Frontier, 1852-1941. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.

Bray, Francesca. 1994. The Rice Economies: Technology and Development in Asian Societies Berkeley: University of California Press.
[UC electronic resource: ]

Bray, Francesca. (1979): ‘The Green Revolution: a New Perspective’, Modern Asian Studies 13, 4: 681-8.

Bray, Francesca. 1984. Agriculture, Vol. VI Part 2 in Joseph Needham, Science and Civilisation in China Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Brook, Timothy. 1982. “The spread of rice cultivation and rice technology into the Hebei region in the Ming and Qing,” in Li Guohao et al. (eds), Explorations in the History of Science and Technology in China, Chinese Classics Publishing House, Shanghai: 659-90.

Chang, T. T. 1976. “The origin, evolution, cultivation, dissemination and diversification of Asian and African rices,” Euphytica 25: 425-41.

Dobby, E. H. G. 1957. “Padi landscapes of Malaya: Kelantan,” Malay J. of Tropical Agriculture 10: i-42.

Geertz, Clifford. 1963. Agricultural Involution: The Processes of Ecological Change in Indonesia, Berkeley, University of California Press.

Freeman, Michael. Ricelands: The World of Southeast Asian Food (Chicago, 2008)

Gourou, Pierre. 1936. Les paysans du delta tonkinois: étude de Séographie humaine, Mémoires de l’Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient, Paris.

Gourou, Pierre. 1984. Riz et civilisation, Paris, Fayard.

Hanks, Lucien M. 1972. Rice and Man: Agricultural Ecology in Southeast Asia, Chicago and New York: Aldine Atherton.

Ishii, Yoneo ed. 1978. Thailand: A Rice-Growing Society, Honolulu, University Press of Hawaii.


Deerr, Noel. The History of Sugar (London: Chapman and Hall, 1950).

Errington, Frederick and Deborah Gewertz, Yali’s Question: Sugar, Culture and History (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004).

Fraginals, Manuel Moreno. Sugar Mill: The Socio-economic Complex of Sugar in Cuba, 1760-1860 (New York: Monthly Review Press, 1976).

Fragináls, Manuel Moreno. El ingenio: complejo económico social cubano del azúcar 3 vols. (La Habana: Editorial de Ciencias Sociales, 1978).

Galloway, J. H. The Sugar Cane Industry (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989).

Higman, B.W. “The Sugar Revolution,” Economic History Review 53: 2 (2000),

Mintz, Sidney W. Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History (New York: Penguin, 1986).

Ortiz, Fernando. Cuban Counterpoint, Tobacco and Sugar (Durham NC: Duke University Press, 1995).

Schwartz, Stuart. Sugar Plantations in the Formation of Brazilian Society: Bahia, 1550-1835 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1985).

Schwartz, Stuart. Tropical Babylons: Sugar and the Making of the Atlantic World, 1450-1680 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004).

Solow, Barbara L. and Stanley L. Engerman, eds., British Capitalism and Caribbean Slavery: The Legacy of Eric Williams (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987).

Stols, Eddy. “The Expansion of the Sugar Market in Western Europe” In: Stuart Schwartz, Tropical Babylons: Sugar and the Making of the Atlantic World, 1450-1680 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004), 237-288.

Tomich, Dale. Through The Prism of Slavery: Labor, Capital, and World Economy (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2004).

Coffee, Tea, Chocolate

Clarence Smith, W. G. and Steven Topik (eds.) The Global Coffee Economy in Africa, Asia and Latin America, 1500-1989 (Cambridge: CUP, 2003).

Chatterjee,Piya. Time For Tea: Women, Labor, and Post/Colonial Politics on an Indian Plantation (Durham: Duke University Press, 2001).

Coe, Sophie D. and Michael D. Coe, The True History of Chocolate 2nd ed. (London: Thames and Hudson, 2007).

Cowan, Brian. The Social Life of Coffee: The Emergence of the British Coffeehouse (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005).

Daviron, Benoit and Stefano Ponte. The Coffee Paradox. Global Markets, Commodity Trade and the Elusive Promise of Development . London: Zed Books, 2005.

Dean, Warren. Rio Claro, A Brazilian Plantation System. Stanford: 1976.

Dean, Warren. With Broadax and Firebrand. Berkeley: 1995.

Ellis, Ayuton. “The Penny University. A History of the Coffee Houses.” London: 1956.

Ellis, Markman. The Coffee-House: A Cultural History (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004).

Gately, Iain. A Cultural History of How an Exotic Plant Seduced Civilization NY: 2001.

Hattox, Ralph S. Coffee and Coffeehouses : The Origins of a Social Beverage in the Medieval Near East (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1988).

Jimenez, Michael F., “From Plantation to Cup’: Coffee and Capitalism in the United States, 1830-1930,” in Roseberry, William, Lowell Gudmundson and Mario Samper Kutschbach, eds. Coffee Society, and Power in Latin America (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995). 38-64.

Martinez-Torres, Maria Elena. Organic Coffee: Sustainable Development By Mayan Farmers (Athens OH: Ohio University Press, 2006).

Mintz, Sidney W. “Forces of Habit: Drugs and the Making of the Modern World.” (Book Review) Journal of Southern History 68: 4 (2002), 916-919.

Norton, Marcy. Sacred Gifts, Profane Pleasures: A History of Tobacco and Chocolate in the Atlantic World (Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press, 2008).

Roseberry, William, Lowell Gudmundson and Mario Samper Kutschbach, eds. Coffee, Society, and Power in Latin America (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995).

Dana Sajdi. ed. Ottoman Tulips, Ottoman Coffee: Leisure and Lifestyles in the Eighteenth Century

Shearing, Colin. Opium: A Journey Through Time (London: Mercury Books, 2004).

Topik, Steven and W. Clarence-Smith, eds. The Global Coffee Economy in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003).

Wild, Antony. Coffee: A Dark History (New York: W.W. Norton, 2004).

Wine and Beer

Hancock, David. 2008. Oceans of Wine: Madeira and the Organization of the Atlantic Market, 1640-1815 (Yale).

McGovern, Patrick E. Uncorking the Past The Quest for Wine, Beer, and Other Alcoholic Beverages (Berkeley: UC Press, 2009).

Opium and Other Recreational Drugs

Booth, Martin. Opium: A History (London: St. Martins, 1999).

Booth, Martin. Cannabis: A History (New York: St. Martins, 2003).

Brook, Timothy and Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi, eds., Opium Regimes (Berkeley: UC Press, 2000).

Davenport-Hines, Richard. Pursuit of Oblivion: A Global History of Narcotics (New York: Norton, 2004).

Hodgson, Barbara. Opium: A Portrait of the Heavenly Demon (Vancouver, BC: Douglas & McIntyre: 2004).

Trocki, Carl. Opium, Empire and the Global Political Economy: A Study of the Asian Opium Trade, 1750-1950 (New York: Routledge, 1999).

Fishing and Whaling

Barkham, M.M. 1991. “Shipowning, shipbuilding and trans-Atlantic fishing in Spanish Basque ports 1560-1630: Motrico and Zumaya.” unpubl. Ph.D., Cambridge University, Cambridge.

Cell, Gillian T. 1964. “The English in Newfoundland 1577-1660.” unpubl. PhD, University of Liverpool, Liverpool.

Ellis, Richard. Empty Ocean (Covelo: Iland Pres, 2004).

Estes, James A., Douglas Demaster, et al. Whales, Whaling and Ocean Eco-Systems (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007).

Innis, Harold A. 1954. The Cod Fisheries. The History of an International Economy. revised ed. Toronto, Buffalo and London.

Jenkins, J.T. A History of the Whale Fisheries (Port Washington and London: Kenikat Press, 1921).

Kowalesky, M. 2000. “The expansion of the south-western fisheries in late medieval England,” Economic History Review, VIII (3): 429-454.

Kurlansky, Mark. 1998. Cod. A Biography of the Fish that changed the World. London: Jonathan Cape.

Perrin, W. F. et al eds. Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals (New York: Academic Press, 2002).

Roman, Joe. Whale (London: Reaktion Books, 2006).

Vickers, D. 1994. Farmers and Fishermen. Two Centuries of Work in Essex County, Massachusetts, 1630-1850. Chapel Hill and London.


Blanchard, Dean. Of California’s First Citrus Empire: A Rainbow Arches from Maine to Ventura County. Pasadena: Castle Press, 1983.

Junniper, B.E. The Story of the Apple. Portland: Timber Press, 2006.

Laszlo, Pierre. Citrus: A History (Chicago, 2007).

Moses, Vincent. “The Orange Grower Is Not a Farmer: G. Harold Power, Riverside Orchardists and the Coming of the Industrial Age.” In California History 74 (1995): 22-37.

Okihiro, Gary. Pineapple Culture: A History of the Tropical and Temperate Zones. Berkeley: The University of California Press, 2009.

Pollan, Michael. The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s Eye View of the World. New York: Random House, 2001.

Soluri, John. Banana Cultures: Agriculture, Consumption, and Environmental Change in Honduras and the United States. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005.

Striffler, Steve, and Mark Moberg. Banana Wars: Power, Production, and History in the Americas. Durham: Duke University Press, 2003.


Barndt, Deborah. 2002. Tangled Routes: Women, Work, and Globalization on the Tomato Trail. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002. 267pp. $27.95 paper; $75 cloth.

Harvey, Mike, Steve Quilley, and Huw Beynon. 2002. Exploring the Tomato: Transformations of Nature, Society and Economy. Cheltanham, U.K., and Northampton, Massachusetts: $85 cloth.

Martineau, Belinda. 2001. First Fruit: The Creation of the Flavr Savr™ Tomato and the Birth of Biotech Food. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Pritchard, Bill, and David Burch. 2003. Agri-food Globalization in Perspective: International Restructuring in the Processing Tomato Industry. (Aldershot, U.K. and Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate).

Smith, Andrew F. 1998. “Foreword” and “Appendix; Nineteenth Century Tomato Varieties in America.” In A. W. Livingston, Livingston and the Tomato. [Facsimile edition, original 1893] (Columbus: Ohio State University Press).

Smith, Andrew F. 2000. Souper Tomatoes: The Story of America’s Favorite Food. (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press).

Smith, Andrew F. 2001a [1994]. The Tomato in America: Early History, Culture, and Cookery. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press).

Smith, Andrew F. 2001b [1996]. Pure Ketchup: A History of America’s National Condiment. (Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press).

Torres, Gabriel. 1997. The Force of Irony: Power in the Everyday Life of Mexican Tomato Workers. (Oxford, U.K. and New York: Berg).

Pepper and Spices

Corn, Charles. The Scents of Eden: A History of the Spice Trade (New York: Kodansha, 1998).

Courtwright, David. Forces of Habit: Drugs and the Making of the Modern World (Cambridge: Harvard, 2001).

Dalby, Andrew. Dangerous Tastes: Spices In World History (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000).

Freedman, Paul. Out of the East: Spices and the Medieval Imagination (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008).

Krondi, Michael. The Taste of Conquest: The Rise and Fall of the Three Great Cities of Spice (New York: Ballantine Books, 2008).

Kurlansky, Mark Salt: A World History (New York: Penguin Books, 2003).

Lawton, John. Silk, Scents & Spice: Tracing the World’s Great Trade Routes: the Silk Road, the Spice Route, the Incense Trail. (Paris: UNESCO Publishing: Economica, 2004).

Milton, Giles Nathaniel’s Nutmeg, or, the True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed the Course of History (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999).

Morrison, Kathleen. “Environmental History, the Spice Trade and the State in South India.” In Cederlof et al eds., Ecological Nationalisms, pp. 43-64.

Pearson, Michael N. ed., Spices in the Indian Ocean World (Aldershot, Hampshire, Great Britain ; Brookfield, Vt., USA: Variorum, 1996).

Schivelbusch, Wolfgang. Tastes of Paradise: A Social History of Spices, Stimulants, and Intoxicants (New York: Vintage Books, 1993).

Turner, Jack. Spice: The History of a Temptation (New York: Vintage, 2005).

Soy Beans

Banck, Geert A. & Kees den Boer (eds.) Sowing the Whirlwind: Soya Expansion and Social Change in Southern Brazil (Amsterdam: CEDLA, 1991).

Barnhart, Floyd. Soybeans. (Caruthersville, Mo., 1954).

Belleme, John. The Miso Book: the Art of Cooking with Miso (Garden City: Square One Publishers, 2004).

Bowdidge, Elizabeth. The Soya Bean: Its History, Cultivation (in England) and Uses (London: Oxford University Press, 1935).

Dies, Edward Jerome. Soybeans: Gold from the Soil. (New York, The Macmillan company, 1943).

Du Bois, Christine M. Chee Beng Tan, and Sidney W. Mintz, The World of Soy Chicago IL: University of Illinois Press, 2008).

Fornari, Harry D. Bread Upon the Waters (Nashville and London: Aurora Publishers, 1973).

Goettemuller, Jeffrey and Adrian Goettemuller. Sustainable Ethanol: Biofuels, Biorefineries, Cellulosic Biomass, Flex-fuel Vehicles, and Sustainable Farming for Energy Independence (Maryville MO: Prairie Oak Publishing, 2007)

Gregg, Diane. The Hidden Dangers of Soy (Denver: Outskirts Press, 2008).

Lager, Mildred M. The Useful Soybean: A Plus Factor in Modern Living. New York, London, McGraw-Hill,1945).

Liu, KeShun. Soybeans: Chemistry, Technology, and Utilization (New York: Chapman and Hall, 1997).

Pahl, Greg and Bill McKibben. Biodiesel: Growing a New Energy Economy (White River Junction VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2008).

Piper, Charles V. The Soybean. (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1923).

Shurtleff, William and Akiko Aoyagi, The Book of Miso (Autumn Press, Brookline MA, 1976).

Shurtleff, William and Akiko Aoyagi, The Book of Tofu: Protein Source of the Future—Now! (Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 1998).

Street, James H. The New Revolution in the Cotton Economy (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1957).

Whisker, R. G. The Soybean Grow-and-Cook Book. (London: Duckworth, 1977).

Windish, Leo G. The Soybean Pioneers: Trailblazers, Crusaders, Missionaries. (Galva, IL: L.G. Windish, 1981).