View all copies of this ISBN edition:. No wear to the binding Learn more about this copy. Other Popular Editions of the Same Title. Search for all books with this author and title. Customers who bought this item also bought. Stock Image. The descriptions of people crammed together in filthy hovels with absolutely no control over bodily functions was straight out of Dante, and the fact that Big Business wanted coal shipments to continue regardless of the loss of life sounds amazingly "Twenty-First Century".
And, I don't think I will ever be able to see a painting of an elegant 17th or 18th century aristocrat in an elaborate wig and refined clothing without remembering passages in the book that inform us that the wigs were most likely infested with lice and the sophisticated garments were never washed. The book is not an 'easy read', and has the feel of a college text, yet the meticulous descriptions of sanitary conditions of ages past are truly revelatory.
And, it's really amazing that anyone could have lived through this. Dec 03, Keita Kenyatta rated it it was amazing. This is the most interesting book that I've read in a while.
It explains much that many have not thought about. This is a history that is not taught in school concerning European people. The question that begs to be asked is, how did they get in that condition and how did they get out? There are two books that answer that question. The first question as to how they got in that condition can be answered by simply saying that the Vikings destroyed ancient Rome and Rome destroyed Greece before the This is the most interesting book that I've read in a while.
The first question as to how they got in that condition can be answered by simply saying that the Vikings destroyed ancient Rome and Rome destroyed Greece before the Vikings got to them. This means that the invading Europeans from higher north had just destroyed the only light that European civilization had. This caused them to go back into barbarism and decay. View all 4 comments. Sep 08, Miranda rated it really liked it. This book has a dry title and my copy had a cracked, aging cover that would have led me to believe it was a pretty dry s social history.
But this book was about poop and the plague! In the end it turns it around on us and talks about industrial pollution and consumption, saying that when we laugh at the people of s London who installed toilets and didn't connect them to anything to take the filth away, we don't have much ground to stand on.
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The historical perspective begins with the Romans' answer to body odor baths and the early Christians' rejection of Roman values, including cleanliness. Learn more about Scribd Membership Home. Read free for days Sign In.