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Commodity history and the nature of global connection: recent developments - Guano and the opening of the Pacific world: a global ecological history, by Gregory T. Cushman. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Studies in Environment and History. Pp. xx+392. 19 illustrations, 4 tables. Hardback £70.00, ISBN: 978-1-107-00413-9; paperback £25.99, ISBN: 978-1-107-65596-6. - Andean cocaine: the making of a global drug, by Paul Gootenberg. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2008. Pp. xvii+441. 4 illustrations, 12 tables, 2 maps. Paperback £32.50, ISBN: 978-0-8078-5905-6. - The matter of history: how things create the past, by Timothy J. LeCain. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017. Studies in Environment and History. Pp. xix+346. 15 illustrations. Hardback £80.00, ISBN: 978-1-107-13417-1; paperback £22.99, ISBN: 978-1-107-59270-4. - Banana cultures: agriculture, consumption, and environmental change in Honduras and the United States, by John Soluri. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2005. Pp. xiii+321. 25 figures, 2 maps, 2 tables. Paperback $18.99, ISBN: 978-0-292-71256-0. - The mushroom at the end of the world: on the possibility of life in capitalist ruins, by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2015. Pp. xii + 331. 29 b/w illustrations. Paperback £14.99, ISBN: 978-0-691-17832-5.

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1 Mintz, Sidney, Sweetness and power: the place of sugar in modern history, New York: Viking, 1985 ; Carney, Judith, Black rice: the African origins of rice cultivation in the Americas, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2001 ; Kurlansky, Mark, Cod: a biography of the fish that changed the world, New York: Penguin Books, 1997 .

2 Tsing’s use of ‘translation’ builds on the work of Shiho Satsuka. See Tsing, Anna, The mushroom at the end of the world: on the possibility of life in capitalist ruins, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2015, p. 62 .

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