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The domestic revolution : How the introduction of coal into Victorian homes changed everything / Ruth Goodman.

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North Kansas City Public Library 640 GOODMAN 2020 (Text) 0001002375770 Nonfiction New Checked out 12/12/2020

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"The queen of living history" (Lucy Worsley) returns with an immersive account of how English women sparked a worldwide revolution-from their own kitchens. No single invention epitomizes the Victorian era more than the black cast-iron range. Aware that the twenty-first-century has reduced it to a quaint relic, Ruth Goodman was determined to prove that the hot coal stove provided so much more than morning tea : it might even have kick-started the Industrial Revolution. Wielding the wit and passion seen in How to Be a Victorian, Goodman traces the tectonic shift from wood to coal in the mid-sixteenth century-from sooty trials and errors during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I to the totally smog-clouded reign of Queen Victoria. A pattern of innovation emerges as the women stoking these fires also stoked new global industries : from better soap to clean smudges to new ingredients for cooking. Laced with uproarious anecdotes of Goodman's own experience managing a coal-fired household, this fascinating book shines a hot light on the power of domestic necessity"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Home economics > Great Britain > History > 19th century.
Stoves, Coal > History > 19th century.
Social change > Great Britain > History > 19th century.
Cooking, British > History > 19th century.
Great Britain > Social life and customs > 19th century.

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