The Politics of Wine in Britain: A New Cultural History

Hardcover | January 4, 2013

byCharles Ludington

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A unique look at the meaning of the taste for wine in Britain, from the establishment of a Commonwealth in 1649 to the Commercial Treaty between Britain and France in 1860 - this book provides an extraordinary window into the politics and culture of England and Scotland just as they were becoming the powerful British state.

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A unique look at the meaning of the taste for wine in Britain, from the establishment of a Commonwealth in 1649 to the Commercial Treaty between Britain and France in 1860 - this book provides an extraordinary window into the politics and culture of England and Scotland just as they were becoming the powerful British state.

Charles Ludington is a Teaching Assistant Professor of History at North Carolina State University, USA. His primary historical interests are in early modern British and Irish political and cultural history, European intellectual history, and the history of food and drink.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.88 inPublished:January 4, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230238653

ISBN - 13:9780230238657

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Table of Contents

Figures
Graphs
Tables
Preface: A Word or Two on Statistics and Measurements
Acknowledgements
Introduction
PART I: THE POLITICIZATION OF WINE
'A Health to our Distressed King!'
The Politics of Wine and Drinking in England, 1649-1681
'What's Become of Rich Burdeaux Claret, Who Knows?'
Fraud and Popular Taste in Revolutionary England, 1678–1702
'The Cross Ran with Claret for the General Benefit'
The Politics of Wine in Scotland, 1680s-1707
PART II: CLARET
'The Interest of the Nation Lay Against it so Visibly'
Claret and English National Interest, 1702-1714
'A good and Most Particular Taste': Luxury Claret, Politeness, and Political Power England, c. 1700-1740
'Firm and Erect the Caledonian Stood': Scotland and Claret, 1707–c. 1770
PART III: PORT
'Port is all I pretend to': Port and the English Middle Ranks, 1714-1760s
'Claret is the Liquor for Boys; Port for Men': How Port Became the 'Englishman's Wine', 1750s-c.1790s
'That other liquor called port': Port and the Creation of British Identity in Scotland, 1770s–1815
PART IV: DRUNKENNESS, SOBRIETY, AND CIVILIZATION?
'By G-d, he drinks like a man!': Manliness, Britishness and the Politics of Inebriety, c. 1780-c.1820
'Happily, inebriety is not the vice of the age': Sobriety, Respectability and Sherry, 1820s-1850s
'Taste is not a mutable, but an immutable thing': British Civilization and the Great Nineteenth-Century Wine Debate
Appendix: Wine Duties
Endnotes
Bibliography