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The Social Life of Coffee - The Emergence of the British Coffeehouse (Paperback) Loot Price: R897
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The Social Life of Coffee - The Emergence of the British Coffeehouse (Paperback): Brian Cowan

The Social Life of Coffee - The Emergence of the British Coffeehouse (Paperback)

Brian Cowan

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What induced the British to adopt foreign coffee-drinking customs in the seventeenth century? Why did an entirely new social institution, the coffeehouse, emerge as the primary place for consumption of this new drink? In this lively book, Brian Cowan locates the answers to these questions in the particularly British combination of curiosity, commerce, and civil society. Cowan provides the definitive account of the origins of coffee drinking and coffeehouse society, and in so doing he reshapes our understanding of the commercial and consumer revolutions in Britain during the long Stuart century.

Britain's virtuosi, gentlemanly patrons of the arts and sciences, were profoundly interested in things strange and exotic. Cowan explores how such virtuosi spurred initial consumer interest in coffee and invented the social template for the first coffeehouses. As the coffeehouse evolved, rising to take a central role in British commercial and civil society, the virtuosi were also transformed by their own invention.

General

Imprint: Yale University Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: March 2011
First published: February 2011
Authors: Brian Cowan
Dimensions: 230 x 158 x 25mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 378
ISBN-13: 978-0-300-17122-8
Categories: Books > Humanities > History > World history > 1500 to 1750
Books > Humanities > History > British & Irish history > General
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > Social & cultural history
Books > History > British & Irish history > General
Books > History > History of specific subjects > Social & cultural history
Books > History > World history > 1500 to 1750
LSN: 0-300-17122-6
Barcode: 9780300171228

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