Tastes of Paradise: A Social History of Spices, Stimulants, and Intoxicants

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jun 29, 1993 - Social Science - 256 pages
From the extravagant use of pepper in the Middle Ages to the Protestant bourgeoisie's love of coffee to the reason why fashionable Europeans stopped sniffing tobacco and starting smoking it, Schivelbusch looks at how the appetite for pleasure transformed the social structure of the Old World. Illustrations.

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Spices or the Dawn of the Modern Age
Coffee and the Protestant Ethic
The Significance or Alcohol before the Seventeenth Century

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Wolfgang Schivelbusch was born in Berlin in 1941 and is a German scholar, historian, and author. In 2003 he was awarded the Heinrich Mann Prize of the Academy of Arts in Berlin. He currently lives in New York.

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