The Domestic Revolution: How The Introduction Of Coal Into Victorian Homes Changed Everything
- Society & Culture, European History
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The stove that changed the world
No single invention epitomizes the Victorian era more than the black cast-iron range. While the twenty-first-century has reduced it to a quaint relic, author Ruth Goodman is 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 wit and passion, Goodman traces the tectonic shift from wood to coal in the mid-sixteenth century. A pattern of innovation emerges as the women stoking these fires also stoked new global industries: from better soap 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.
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|Release Date:||October 20, 2020|