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The Bloodless Revolution: A Cultural History…

The Bloodless Revolution: A Cultural History of Vegetarianism from 1600 to…

by Tristram Stuart

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In my collection but I haven't actually read it yet
  SophiaTheoC | Sep 1, 2011 |
I can handle dry, that's not the problem. It's assuming I have a detailed knowledge of the politics and culture of 17th century England. It's 75 endnotes per chapter with 67 of them being nothing but citations and the remaining having good information I actually want to read so I have to decide whether to turn to the back 4 times a page to make sure I get everything or risk missing something helpful to try to stay in the flow of reading. After complaining a few times about the book Shawn saw me reading it again and asked why I was still bothering. I had just read the sentence: "It was with the help of Indian culture that Tryon freed himself from Christianities anthropocentric value system and made a leap into another moral dimension." I returned the book to the library. ( )
  e1da | Oct 6, 2009 |
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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.… (more)

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