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The Bloodless Revolution Tristram Stuart

The Bloodless Revolution By Tristram Stuart

The Bloodless Revolution by Tristram Stuart


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In the 1600s, European travellers discovered Indian vegetarianism. When they returned with news of the country's vegetarians, they triggered a crisis in the European conscience. This tale recounts the explosive results of an enduring cultural exchange between East and West. It also looks at 17th and 18th century literature and philosophy.

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The Bloodless Revolution: Radical Vegetarians and the Discovery of India by Tristram Stuart

In the 1600s, European travellers discovered Indian vegetarianism. Western Culture was changed forever! When early travellers returned from India with news of the country's vegetarians, they triggered a crisis in the European conscience. This panoramic tale recounts the explosive results of an enduring cultural exchange between East and West and tells of puritanical insurgents, Hinduphiles, scientists and philosophers who embraced a radical agenda of reform. These visionaries dissented from the entrenched custom of meat-eating, and sought to overthrow a rapacious consumer society. Their legacy is apparent even today. The Bloodless Revolution is a grand history made up by interlocking biographies of extraordinary figures, from the English Civil War to the era of Romanticism and beyond. It is filled with stories of spectacular adventure in India and subversive scientific controversies carved out in a Europe at the dawn of the modern age. Accounts of Thomas Tryon's Hindu vegetarian society in 17th-century London are echoed by later 'British Brahmins' such as John Zephaniah Holwell, once Governor of Calcutta, who concocted his own half-Hindu, half-Christian religion. Whilst Revolution raged in France, East India Company men John Stewart and John Oswald returned home armed to the teeth with the animal-friendly tenets of Hinduism. Dr. George Cheyne, situated at the heart of Enlightenment medicine, brought scientific clout to the movement, converting some of London's leading lights to his 'milk and seed' diet. From divergent perspectives, Descartes, Rousseau, Voltaire and Shelley all questioned whether it was right to eat meat. Society's foremost thinkers engaged in the debate and their challenge to mainstream assumptions sowed the seeds of the modern ecological consciousness. This stunning debut is a rich cornucopia of 17th and 18th century travel, adventure, radical politics, literature and philosophy. Reaching forward into the 20th century with the vegetarian ideologies of Hitler and Gandhi, it sheds surprising light on values still central to modern society.

About Tristram Stuart

Tristram Stuart graduated from Cambridge in 1999 with a double first in English, having won numerous academic prizes. Since then he has been a freelance writer for numerous Indian newspapers, a contributing editor/researcher on a book about Himalayan nomads and a project manager in Kosovo. 'The Bloodless Revolution' is his first book.

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GOR010998871
9780007128921
0007128924
The Bloodless Revolution: Radical Vegetarians and the Discovery of India by Tristram Stuart
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Hardback
HarperCollins Publishers
20060821
416
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