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The Politics of Wine in Britain: A New Cultural History [Hardcover]

Charles Ludington
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25 Jan 2013
As a potent symbol of political legitimacy and a leading source of government revenue, wine in England and Scotland was a commodity like no other. This fascinating study shows how the taste for wine both reflected and constructed political power during the two most important centuries of modern British history. Wine-and how one consumed it-was never neutral; instead, it was inextricably linked to political party, social class, national identity, and gender. Wine was thus essential to creating modern Britain.

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  • Hardcover: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Schol, Print UK; 1 edition (25 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230238653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230238657
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 532,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A look at the meaning of the taste for wine in Britain, c.1649 to 1860, providing an extraordinary window into the politics and culture of England and Scotland just as they were becoming Britain

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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.

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This is a beautifully written book exploring the changing attitudes of the British upper and middle classes to Claret, Sherry and Port over the past four hundred years. As the author acknowledges, it began as a university dissertation and it shows at times. I confess I skipped the voluminous appendices. Even so. I found it a cracking good read. When did wine bottles adopt their modern shape? When were cork screws first needed? How much did the Scottish judiciary really drink? How did the custom of re-joining the ladies after passing the port originate? And what happened earlier when the men did not re-join the ladies? You'll find it here.
I wish the author would write a further volume bringing it up to the present day, and perhaps also cover Whiskey and Gin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book for professional and lay readers 28 Mar 2013
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The author does an outstanding job of presenting a very interesting period of time with incisive commentary and wit that can be enjoyed by historians as well as ordinary people!
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