Vegetarianism: A History

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Food writer Colin Spencer discusses those who came to vegetarianism by choice, not necessity, from the religions that preach it such as Hinduism and Seventh Day Adventism to the notable individuals who have practiced it, including Leonardo da Vinci and Gandhi. In this accessible history of vegetarianism, Spencer also explores the psychology of abstention and the ideas that have informed a meat-free diet throughout the ages.

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Overview

Food writer Colin Spencer discusses those who came to vegetarianism by choice, not necessity, from the religions that preach it such as Hinduism and Seventh Day Adventism to the notable individuals who have practiced it, including Leonardo da Vinci and Gandhi. In this accessible history of vegetarianism, Spencer also explores the psychology of abstention and the ideas that have informed a meat-free diet throughout the ages.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781902304588
  • Publisher: Grub Street
  • Publication date: 2/19/2008
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword for 2nd Edition
Foreword
Acknowledgements
1 In the Beginning 1
2 Pythagoras and His Inheritance 38
3 India 70
4 Plato to Porphyry 85
5 Early Christianity 107
6 Gnostic Sects and the Manicheans 126
7 The Bogomils, the Cathars and the Orthodox Church 142
8 The Renaissance 169
9 The Clockwork Universe 187
10 The Rise of Humanism 213
11 Docks and Dandelions 238
12 Sunlight and Sandals 275
13 Sentient or Machine? 296
Afterword 331
App. 1 The Later History of Buddhism 336
App. 2 Manicheanism in China 339
App. 3 Modern Hinduism 342
App. 4: The Rise of the Vegetarian Cookery Book 344
Notes 346
A Select Bibliography 367
Index 372
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