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The bloodless revolution : a cultural history of vegetarianism from 1600 to modern times / Tristram Stuart.

Author/creator Stuart, Tristram
Format Book and Print
Edition1st American ed.
Publication InfoNew York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2007.
Descriptionxxvi, 628 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 25 cm
Contents List of illustrations -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- [pt]. 1. Grass roots -- 1. Bushell's bushel, Bacon's bacon and The great instauration -- 2. John Robins : the Shakers' God -- 3. 3. Roger Crab : levelling the food chain -- 4. Pythagoras and the sages of India -- 5. 'This proud and troublesome thing, called man' : Thomas Tryon, the Brahmin of Britain -- 6. John Evelyn : salvation in a salad -- 7. The Kabbala stripped naked -- 8. Men should be friends even to brute beasts : Isaac Newton and the origins of pagan theology -- 9. Atheists, deists and the Turkish spy -- [pt]. 2. Meatless medicine -- 10. Dieting with Dr. Descartes -- 11. Tooth and nail : Pierre Gassendi and the human appendix -- 12. The mitre and the microscope : Philippe Hecquet's Catholic fast food -- 13. Dr. Cheyne's sensible diet -- 14. Clarissa's calories -- 15. Rousseau and the bosoms of nature -- 16. The counter-vegetarian mascot : Pope's happy lamb -- 17. Antonio Cocchi and the cure for scurvy -- 18. The Sparing diet : Scotland's vegetarian dynasty.
Contents [pt]. 3. Romantic dinners -- 19. Diet and diplomacy : eating beef in the land of the Holy Cow -- 20. John Zephaniah Holwell : Voltaire's Hindu prophet -- 21. The cry of nature : killing in the name of animal rights in the French Revolution -- 22. The Marquis de Valady faces the guillotine -- 23. Bloodless brothers -- 24. John 'Walking' Stewart and the utility of death -- 25. To kill a cat : Joseph Ritson's politics of atheism -- 26. Shelley and the return of nature -- 27. The Malthusian tragedy : feeding the world -- Epilogue : vegetarianism and the politics of ecology : Thoreau, Gandhi and Hitler -- Abbreviations -- Bibliography -- Notes -- Index.
Review "A grand history made up of interlocking biographies of extraordinary figures from the English Civil War to the era of Romanticism and beyond. The Bloodless Revolution is filled with stories of spectacular adventure in India and subversive scientific and moral controversies carved out at the dawn of the modern age." "When seventeenth-century European travelers returned from India, they triggered a crisis in the conscience of the Western world by telling stories of a meatless society fueled entirely by vegetables, milk, and fruit. Dissenting from the entrenched custom of eating meat. Thomas Tryon established a quasi-Hindu society in London, and his extraordinary books later converted Benjamin Franklin to vegetarianism."--Jacket.
General notePrevious ed. has subtitle: Radical vegetarians and the discovery of India.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 450-515) and index.
LCCN 2006051018

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