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Wine: A social and cultural history of the drink that changed our lives
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Wine: A social and cultural history of the drink that changed our lives (Paperback)

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Wine: A social and cultural history

of the drink that changed our lives

is a wine history with a difference. Most histories of wine (like Hugh

Johnson's The Story of Wine, Paul

Lukacs's Inventing Wine, and Rod

Phillips's own A Short History of Wine)

are chronological narratives that begin with wine in the ancient world and run

through to modern times. Wine has been seen typically as the subject of broader

historical trends and events - how, for example, economic and diplomatic

conditions favoured or interrupted the wine trade, and how changes in taste

affected wine styles.

Wine departs from these approaches by

organizing chapters by theme and by focusing much more on how wine has been

positively and actively implicated in broad historical changes. It looks at the

way wine has been used to demarcate social groups and genders, how wine has

shaped facets of social life as diverse as medicine, religion, and military

activity, how vineyards and wine cultures have transformed landscapes, and how

successive innovations in wine packaging - from amphoras to barrels to bottles

- have affected and been affected by commerce and consumption.

Wine neither sees the history of wine as the passive

result of historical forces nor sees wine as a prime agent of historical

change. Rather, it views wine as a critical actor in key trends in the

histories of society, culture, and the environment. Each chapter takes a single

theme and the material within each is organized chronologically. The book is

formed of chapters that together provide a compact and theme-specific history

of wine in its own right, enabling readers to consume chapters as

self-contained units, rather than as parts of a longer narrative whole. This is

an ideal reference resource for wine lovers and historians alike.

Food & DrinkBeveragesAlcoholic beveragesWinesHistory & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural history Publisher: Infinite Ideas Limited Publication Date: 13/03/2018 ISBN-13: 9781908984890  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Rod Phillips is a professor of history at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He has written a number of books on European history, and, more recently, on the history of food and drink, with books including A Short History of Wine, Alcohol: A History (named a Book of the Year for 2014 on, and French Wine: A History. General Editor of the forthcoming six-volume A Cultural History of Alcohol, he writes regularly for the wine media and also judges in wine competitions.

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