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Author Ward, W. Peter,
Title The clean body : a modern history / Peter Ward.
Imprint Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2019

Author Ward, W. Peter,
Subject Hygiene -- Western countries -- History.
Laundry -- Western countries -- History.
Bathing customs -- Western countries -- History.
Baths -- history.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 313 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Cleanliness as tradition. Before the deluge -- Cleanliness as habit. Public places, private spaces ; Clothes and their cleaning ; The soap trade and the new hygiene ; The educators -- Cleanliness as commodity. Bathrooms and bathing ; The laundry revolution ; Cleanliness and the beauty business -- Conclusion : Making the modern clean body.
Summary How often did our ancestors bathe? How often did they wash their clothes and change them? What did they understand cleanliness to be? Why have our hygienic habits changed so dramatically over time? In short, how have we come to be so clean? This book explores one of the most fundamental and pervasive cultural changes in Western history since the seventeenth century: the personal hygiene revolution. In the age of Louis XIV bathing was rare and hygiene was mainly a matter of wearing clean underclothes. By the late twentieth century frequent--often daily--bathing had become the norm and wearing freshly laundered clothing the general practice. Cleanliness, once simply a requirement for good health, became an essential element of beauty. Beneath this transformation lay a sea change in understandings, motives, ideologies, technologies, and practices, all of which shaped popular habits over time. The author explains that what began as an urban bourgeois phenomenon in the later eighteenth century became a universal condition by the end of the twentieth, touching young and old, rich and poor, city dwellers and country residents alike. Based on a wealth of sources in English, French, German, and Italian, this book surveys the great hygienic transformation that took place across Europe and North America over the course of four centuries. -- Provided by publisher.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed September 26, 2019).
ISBN 9780228000631 (ePUB)
0228000629 (ePDF)
0228000637 (ePUB)
9780228000624 (electronic bk.)
9780773559387 (cloth)
0773559388 (cloth)
OCLC # 1104796443
Additional Format Print version: Ward, W. Peter. Clean body. Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2019 0773559388 9780773559387 (OCoLC)1089863740

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