The Coffee House: A Cultural History
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'THE COFFEE-HOUSE is everything it should be - careful, intelligent and embodying the spirit of its subject by being written for the digestion of the general public. There are plenty of incidental surprises, but the total picture is the revelation: something happened when coffee met the English Enlightenment and the result was an explosion of creativity' THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 'readable and scholarly account of an important and curiously neglected phenomenon. It contains the perfect recipe of scholarship, stimulant and froth.' THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'This is a convincing and meticulous read, building an intriguing and engrossing picture of coffee's role in British society. Rich in evocative detail and strong on social, political and economic context, The Coffee House is a book
He has published books on the sentimental novel and gothic fiction, and articles on many topics in 18th-century studies, including georgic poetry, slavery, kangaroos and lap-dogs. Markman Ellis was educated at the universities of Auckland and Cambridge, and now teaches 18th-century literature and culture at Queen Mary, University of London.
When the first coffeehouse opened in London in 1652, customers were bewildered by this strange new drink from Turkey—hot, bitter, and black as soot. But those who tried coffee were soon won over, and more coffee-houses were opened across London, America, and Europe. They played a key role in the explosion of political, financial, scientific, and literary change in the 18th century, as people gathered, discussed, and debated issues within their walls.. For a hundred years the coffeehouse occupied the center of urban life, creating a distinctive social culture
Love the history Derek Murphy Tons of fun historical trivia. Coffee = the reason for the Enlightenment? The fuel of revolutionary politics? Great research, well told.. A Historical Analysis The Coffee House by Markman Ellis is a scholarly approach to the history of coffee houses in London, England. It is meant to be a cultural history and is well backed up by lots of research and references.Markman explores the history of coffee in Britian starting with the first travels of Britons to the coffee houses of Constantinople in the early 1600's. He then traces the beginnings of coffee houses in London. Coffee houses were the meeting places for men where they would discuss news and business. There were all kinds of coffee houses. Some were near brothels, some were patronized by merchants, some. A scholarly review of coffee through history Ellis's book was the first in a now frothy wave of books on the current phenomenom of coffee houses sweeping the globe. Its a good read - full of factual information, but with touches of sardonic wit and a great ability to generate memorial lines that succinctly sum up the period. Fantastic info on historical relevance to the fight against the political ruling class in Britain in the 18th century. Well-brewed, without a hogoe of sirreverence