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The phrase “the great unwashed” could not have existed before the 19th century, when the rich started bathing on a regular basis and the comparative dirtiness of the poor became evident.
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It’s not a bad book, but when it comes to non-fiction, I prefer less attempts to be titillating and more focus on substance. Bad breath, body odor, lice, and fleas were the order for the day. Trivia About The Dirt on Clean Early medieval Europe had public baths which were used regularly, but these disappeared after the Black Death.
I can remember what they were like then!
If anyone ever tells you that you shouldn’t katherlne spontaneous. From the fear that a bath would make you gay, a bath would kill you, not having a bath would kill you, swimming in the ocean would kill you, a shower would kill you, and some steam would kill you, to the belief that not bathing every 24 hours will make you a social recluse, this book raises some intersting points about cleanliness and the lack thereof in our long history of soaking for hours, or only bathing at our baptism, marriage, and deathbed.
From the fear that a bath would make you gay, a bath would kill you, not having a bath would kill you, swimming in the ocean would kill you, a ashenbhrg would kill you, and some steam would kill you, to the belief that not bathing every 24 hours will make you a social recluse, this book raises some intersting points about cleanliness and the lack thereof in our long history of soaking for hours, or o An utterly fun book to read, this zshenburg of cleanliness starts in Rome, and brings us up to today.
Parts of Dirt feel overlong and rather boring — as if they belong in a much more serious history book. Dec 13, Karen Brooks rated it it was amazing. Unfortunately, The Dirt on Clean is largely about Western bathing rituals, from early Greek and Roman period to the English in the Middle Ages and 19th centuries, and then finally modern American.
It’s thought provoking as well – makes you wonder the hows and whys to what we do, and perhaps, if we can do some adjusting. This one was OK good overall review of European and American relation to cleanliness but felt it lacked a little make it one that i would recommend. Be prepared to pester your friends with bath-based trivia for days or weeks to come. Open Preview See a Problem? Water and Sanitation is some If anyone ever tells you that you shouldn’t be spontaneous.
While I enjoyed the content, I have to say I found the writing just a bit on the dry side. The only thing I’d have liked would have been a wider-scale approach to the bathing customs in non-Western venues.
The Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History
This modern obsession of cleanliness has somewhat passed me by — both in regards to the home and to the body. For some, to go without bathing was to show piety and humility.
Except for an annoying tendency by the author to present beliefs as facts. An Unsanitized History Members. Shove this book in their face.
Remember, this book is not for the faint of the heart! An Unsanitized History by Katherine Ashenburg. Cleanas The Dirt on Clean is called in Britain, was released in paperback, kathreine a charming new cover of a flapper drying her fanny.
I felt like the author was just listing facts about baths and there was no over-arching narrative.
There’s practically no mention of hygiene culture or history in aboriginal peoples, either in North America which is largely ignored until the Civil War era or elsewhere, and while the interlacing of religion and cleanliness among the three major monotheistic faiths is examined, mostly from a sociopolitical standpoint, there’s hardly a whisper of how bathing and hygiene played roles in other faiths’ customs.
We also spend far too long in the 20th century. Tori Dickerson rated it it was ok Jul 13, It is full of delightful little factoids that I will most definitely be repeating for a while until they are pushed out of my memory by other dirty thoughts.
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This is a truly entertaining and iatherine examination od Western Civilization and its habits of cleanliness of person, house, and street. Ancient Romans thought it was normal to spend hours in the public baths, using no soap but scraping sweat and dirt off their bodies.
It’s just the research, organized and presented.