Liquid Pleasures: A Social History of Drinks in Modern Britain by Proffessor John BurnettLiquid Pleasures: A Social History of Drinks in Modern Britain by Proffessor John Burnett

Liquid Pleasures: A Social History of Drinks in Modern Britain

byProffessor John Burnett, John BurnettEditorProffessor John Burnett

Hardcover | March 8, 1999

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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 Pleasuresis 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.
John Burnett is Emeritus Professor of History at Brunel University. His many books include Idle Hands (1994), Useful Toil (1994) and A Social History of Housing (1986).
Title:Liquid Pleasures: A Social History of Drinks in Modern BritainFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.8 inPublished:March 8, 1999Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415131812

ISBN - 13:9780415131810


From Our Editors

The next time you sip your coffee, take a moment to consider what role this beverage plays in your nation’s social construct. In Britain, the mass consumption of tea, soda and alcoholic drinks says something about the culture as a whole -- but what might that be? John Burnett raises a glass to the English thirst for social discourse and examines how beverages contribute to several facets of their society in Liquid Pleasures.

Editorial 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