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The expansion and decline of empires constitute some of the most remarkable historical processes from the 1750s to today, an epoch marked by a series of significant global changes related to food and empires.

EUROPEAN EMPIRE ON A PLATE (c. 1750-today) aims at examining unequal, multifaceted and complex colonial encounters and exchanges through food. These interchanges not only affected the power of any particular empire, but they also led to transformations in the quantity and quality of the foodstuffs consumed in both the metropoles and the colonies. By adopting an extensive concept of ‘empire’, we include the formal and informal ones as well as the overseas and the continental empires. In a nutshell, this concept covers powers that established control over foreign territories.

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