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Public drinking and popular culture in eighteenth-century Paris [electronic resource] /
Thomas Brennan.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1988.
xiv, 333 p. : 8 ill. ; 23 cm.
069105519X (alk. paper) :
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Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1988.
069105519X (alk. paper) :
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 317-328.
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Appeared in Choice on 1988-12:
With this insightful and intriguing study, Brennan has greatly expanded the new social history. In the tradition of George Rude and Richard Cobb, Brennan has gone to police and judicial archives for evidence that contradicts the prejudices of the 18th-century French elite, who saw nothing in taverns but drunkenness and brawls that threatened established society. Brennan makes an excellent case for the tavern as the center of workers' social life. Taverns--including the drink they served--filled the pervasive need for sociability that the laboring classes could find nowhere else. By studying the language, gestures, and daily routine of those who pursued friendship and conviviality at the tavern, Brennan has given the history of popular culture a new meaning. What was once condemned as the center of degeneracy may now be understood in more accurate historical perspective. Public drinking and congregating in taverns allowed workers to create a culture for themselves. Although repetitious at times, this book is pleasurable reading and the scholarship is impressive indeed. A must for all college and university libraries. -V. G. Wexler, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
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