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The Bloodless Revolution: A Cultural History of Vegetarianism from 1600 to…
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393052206, Hardcover)
How Western Christianity and Eastern philosophy merged to spawn a political movement that had the prohibition of meat at its core.The Bloodless Revolution is a pioneering history of puritanical revolutionaries, European Hinduphiles, and visionary scientists who embraced radical ideas from the East and conspired to overthrow Western society's voracious hunger for meat. At the heart of this compelling history are the stories of John Zephaniah Holwell, survivor of the Black Hole of Calcutta, and John Stewart and John Oswald, who traveled to India in the eighteenth century, converted to the animal-friendly tenets of Hinduism, and returned to Europe to spread the word. Leading figures of the Enlightenmentamong them Rousseau, Voltaire, and Benjamin Franklingave intellectual backing to the vegetarians, sowing the seeds for everything from Victorian soup kitchens to contemporary animal rights and environmentalism.
Spanning across three centuries with reverberations to our current world, The Bloodless Revolution is a stunning debut from a young historian with enormous talent and promise. 24 pages of color illustrations
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"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."--BOOK JACKET.
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