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

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2007 - Cooking - 628 pages
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.

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An epic of non-carnivorous restraint.Stuart, a young British scholar, offers portraits of often little-known figures who would not eat anything with a mother or a face, and he blends these character ... Read full review

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In his first book, historian and freelance writer Stuart explores the advocacy of vegetarianism by numerous individuals and groups in the West from 1600 to the present. Examining various vegetarian ... Read full review

Contents

Bushel Bacons Bacon and The Great Instauration
3
John Robins The Shakers God
15
Roger Crab Levelling the Food Chain
26
Pythagoras and the Sages of India
39
This proud and troublesome Thing called Man Thomas Tryon the Brahmin of Britain
60
John Evelyn Salvation in a Salad
78
The Kabbala Stripped Naked
89
Men should be Friends even to Brute Beasts Isaac Newton and the Origins of Pagan Theology
97
The Sparing Diet Scotlands Vegetarian Dynasty
236
Diet and Diplomacy Eating Beef in the Land of the Holy Cow
259
John Zephaniah Holwell Voltaires Hindu Prophet
275
Cry of Nature Killing in the Name of Animal Rights in the French Revolution
295
The Marquis de Valady faces the Guillotine
313
Bloodless Brothers
331
John Walking Stewart and the Utility of Death
347
To Kill a Cat Joseph Ritsons Politics of Atheism
361

Atheists Deists and the Turkish Spy
115
Dieting with Dr Descartes
131
Tooth and Nail Pierre Gassendi and the Human Appendix
138
The Mitre and the Microscope Philippe Hecquets Catholic Fast Food
151
Dr Cheynes Sensible Diet
163
Clarissas Calories
181
Rousseau and the Bosoms of Nature
194
CounterVegetarian Mascot Popes Happy Lamb
215
Antonio Cocchi and the Cure for Scurvy
227
Shelley and The Return to Nature
372
The Malthusian Tragedy Feeding the World
399
Vegetarianism and the Politics of Ecology Thoreau Gandhi and Hitler
418
ABBREVIATIONS
448
BIBLIOGRAPHY
450
NOTES
516
INDEX
608
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Tristram Stuart has been a freelance writer for Indian newspapers, a project manager in Kosovo and a prominent critic of the food industry. He has made regular contributions to television documentaries, radio and newspapers on the social and environmental aspects of food. His first book, The Bloodless Revolution--'magnificently detailed and wide-ranging' (New Yorker)--was published in 2007, and Waste in 2009. A graduate of Cambridge University, he lives in England, where he rears pigs, chickens and bees.

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