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Liquid Pleasures : A Social History of Drinks in Modern Britain - Professor John Burnett

Liquid Pleasures

A Social History of Drinks in Modern Britain

Hardcover Published: 12th July 1999
ISBN: 9780415131810
Number Of Pages: 264

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Drinking has always meant much more than satisfying the thirst. Drinking can be a necessity, a comfort, an indulgence or a social activity.
Liquid Pleasures is an engrossing study of the social history of drinks in Britain from the late seventeenth century to the present. From the first cup of tea at breakfast to mid-morning coffee, to an eveining beer and a 'night-cap', John Burnett discusses individual drinks and drinking patterns which have varied not least with personal taste but also with age, gender, region and class. He shows how different ages have viewed the same drink as either demon poison or medicine.
John Burnett traces the history of what has been drunk in Britain from the 'hot beverage revolution' of the late seventeenth century - connecting drinks and related substances such as sugar to empire - right up to the 'cold drinks revolution' of the late twentieth century, examining the factors which have determined these major changes in our dietary habits.

Industry Reviews

"This is a work full of interesting anecdotal material and any reader will come away much better informed about both the drinking habits and the nature of the beverages that were popular in past ages.." -"Albion, John Greenaway "a landmark work." -"American Historical Review ..."imaginative new book... Writing with clarity... His book will be welcomed by the general reader and the teacher preparing a lecture." -"Choice, April 2000 ""Liquid Pleasures is vintage Burnett: clear, rich, and satisfying and sparkling with original detail and amusing anecdotes." -Roy Porter "The best short, comprehensive history of drink t date," Liquid Pleasures combines old and new data and insights. ... no collection on British social history, popular culture, drink and diet, or alcohol and temperance will be complete without this magisterial" tour de "force." -The Historian, Summer 2001

List of figures and tables
Introductionp. 1
Water: 'The most useful and necessary part of the creation'p. 7
Milk: 'No finer investment'?p. 29
Tea: the cup that cheersp. 49
Coffee: 'I like coffee, I like tea ...'p. 70
Soft drinks: from cordial waters to Coca-Colap. 93
Beer: 'A moral species of beverage'p. 111
Wine: 'Use a little wine ...'p. 141
Spirits: 'Water of Life'p. 160
Conspectusp. 179
Notesp. 191
Select bibliographyp. 231
Indexp. 245
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ISBN: 9780415131810
ISBN-10: 0415131812
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 12th July 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1