Tastes of Paradise: A Social History of Spices, Stimulants, and Intoxicants

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From the extravagant use of pepper in the Middle Ages to the Protestant bourgeoisie's love of coffee to the reason why fashionable Europeans stopped sniffing tobacco and starting smoking it, Schivelbusch looks at how the appetite for pleasure transformed the social structure of the Old World. Illustrations.

From the extravagant use of pepper in the Middle Ages to the Protestant bourgeoisie's love of coffee to the reason why fashionable Europeans stopped sniffing ...

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Overview

From the extravagant use of pepper in the Middle Ages to the Protestant bourgeoisie's love of coffee to the reason why fashionable Europeans stopped sniffing tobacco and starting smoking it, Schivelbusch looks at how the appetite for pleasure transformed the social structure of the Old World. Illustrations.

From the extravagant use of pepper in the Middle Ages to the Protestant bourgeoisie's love of coffee to the reason why fashionable Europeans stopped sniffing tobacco and starting smoking it, Schivelbusch looks at how the appetite for pleasure transformed the social structure of the Old World. Illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This social history of pleasure-producing substances covers the Middle Ages to the modern era from the perch of an adroit and amiable Marxist sociology. Illustrations. July
Library Journal
Written by a German historian and social scientist, this unique exploration of the origins and evolution of pleasure substances in the industrialized world is well researched and profusely illustrated. The author examines the habits and customs surrounding the consumption of spices, coffee, tea, chocolate, alcohol, and narcotics to reveal the way these substances and the reactions to them reflected the fabrics, tensions, dynamics, and trends of various societies and nations. An unusual mixture of historical documents, amusing anecdotes, and pertinent statistics, this slim, thought-provoking volume should appeal to both history buffs and casual readers.--Linda Chopra, Cleveland Heights-University Heights P.L., Ohio
School Library Journal
YA-- A lavishly illustrated, anecdotal survey of all of the substances we chew, drink, or inhale for pleasure and how they were discovered and adopted by humankind. The book shows in fascinating detail how each stimulant, spice, or intoxicant served a particular need for an individual culture and how each, in turn, affected that culture and its behavioral norms. There is no index, but the table of contents is extensive, making it both an effective research tool and an enjoyable source of recreational reading.-- Richard Lisker, Fairfax Public Library, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679744382
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/1993
  • Series: Vintage Series
  • Edition description: 1st Vintage Books ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 245,661
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Spices, or the Dawn of the Modern Age 3
2 Coffee and the Protestant Ethic 15
A Backward Glance: The Significance of Alcohol before the Seventeenth Century 22
The Great Soberer 34
Arguments for and against Coffee 39
From the Coffeehouse to the Coffee Party 49
Coffee and Ideology 71
England's Shift from Coffee to Tea 79
3 Chocolate, Catholicism, Ancien Regime 85
4 Tobacco: The Dry Inebriant 96
The Evolution of Smoking: Pipe, Cigar, Cigarette 111
The Social and Spatial Expansion of Smoking 120
Snuff in the Eighteenth Century 131
5 The Industrial Revolution, Beer, and Liquor 147
6 Rituals 167
7 Drinking Places 188
The Coming of Counters and Bars 194
8 The Artificial Paradises of the Nineteenth Century 204
Opium, the Proletariat, and Poetry 206
Opium and Colonialism 215
The New Tolerance 223
Afterword to the American Edition 227
Bibliography 229
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