Bacchus and Civic Order: The Culture of Drink in Early Modern Germany the Culture of Drink in Early Modern Germany
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Lining the streets inside the city's gates, clustered in itscenter, and thinly scattered among its back quarters were Augsburg's taverns anddrinking rooms. These institutions ranged from the poorly lit rooms of backstreetwine sellers to the elaborate marble halls frequented by society's most privilegedmembers. Urban drinking rooms provided more than food, drink, and lodging for theirguests. They also conferred upon their visitors a sense of social identitycommensurate with their status. Like all German cities, Augsburg during thesixteenth and seventeenth centuries had a history shaped by the political eventsattending the Reformation, the post-Reformation, and the Thirty Years' War; itssocial and political character was also reflected and supported by its public andprivate drinking rooms.
In Bacchus and CivicOrder: The Culture of Drink in Early Modern Germany, Ann Tlusty examines the socialand cultural functions served by drinking and tavern life in Germany between 1500and 1700, and challenges existing theories about urban identity, sociability, andpower. Through her reconstruction of the social history of Augsburg, from beggars tocouncil members, Tlusty also sheds light on such diverse topics as social ritual, gender and household relations, medical practice, and the concerns of civic leaderswith public health and poverty. Drunkenness, dueling, and other forms of taverncomportment that may appear "disorderly" to us today turn out to be the inevitable, even desirable result of a society functioning according to its ownrules.
- Format: Häftad
- ISBN: 9780813920450
- Språk: Engelska
- Antal sidor: 288
- Utgivningsdatum: 2001-09-01
- Del i serien: Studies in Early Modern German History
- Förlag: University of Virginia Press