Craze: Gin and Debauchery in an Age of Reason by Dr Jessica Warner

Craze: Gin and Debauchery in an Age of Reason by Dr Jessica Warner

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Gin took London by storm in the first half of the 18th century. Cheap, potent, and readily available, it aided London's poor in escaping the wretchedness of their lives and was considered a public menace by Daniel Defoe and Samuel Johnson. This is an account of where it came from, who drank it, how it was percieved, and how they

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An intimate, irreverent history of the 'gin craze' in eighteenth-century London 'Gin took London by storm in the first half of the 18th century. It 'was the original urban drug,' says Warner in this intriguing slice of social history. 'Cheap, potent, and readily available,' it aided London's poor in escaping the wretchedness of their lives and was considered a public menace by Daniel Defoe and Samuel Johnson. (Hogarth's famous print Gin Lane imagined a nightmarish world destroyed by a demonic drink.) Warner gives us the whole story of gin: where it came from (Holland), who drank it (a large percentage were women), how it was perceived (as a threat to the nation), and how legislative efforts to curb consumption fared (badly).

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SKU GOR007098982
Title Craze: Gin and Debauchery in an Age of Reason
Author By (author) Dr Jessica Warner
Condition WELLREAD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher Profile Books Ltd
Year Published 2003
Number of Pages 288
ISBN 10 1861976704
ISBN 13 9781861976703
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book. We do our best to provide good quality books for you to read, but there is no escaping the fact that it has been owned and read by someone else previously. Therefore it will show signs of wear and may be an ex library book.
Description

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An intimate, irreverent history of the 'gin craze' in eighteenth-century London 'Gin took London by storm in the first half of the 18th century. It 'was the original urban drug,' says Warner in this intriguing slice of social history. 'Cheap, potent, and readily available,' it aided London's poor in escaping the wretchedness of their lives and was considered a public menace by Daniel Defoe and Samuel Johnson. (Hogarth's famous print Gin Lane imagined a nightmarish world destroyed by a demonic drink.) Warner gives us the whole story of gin: where it came from (Holland), who drank it (a large percentage were women), how it was perceived (as a threat to the nation), and how legislative efforts to curb consumption fared (badly).
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU GOR007098982
Title Craze: Gin and Debauchery in an Age of Reason
Author By (author) Dr Jessica Warner
Condition WELLREAD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher Profile Books Ltd
Year Published 2003
Number of Pages 288
ISBN 10 1861976704
ISBN 13 9781861976703
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book. We do our best to provide good quality books for you to read, but there is no escaping the fact that it has been owned and read by someone else previously. Therefore it will show signs of wear and may be an ex library book.