The Bloodless Revolution (book)

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The Bloodless Revolution
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AuthorTristram Stuart
CountryUnited Kingdom
Published2006 HarperCollins
W. W. Norton & Company
Media typePrint
Pagesxxvi, 628, [24] plates
613.2/6209 22
LC ClassTX392 .S86 2007

The Bloodless Revolution: Radical Vegetarianism and the Discovery of India is a 2006 non-fiction book by English author Tristram Stuart. It was published in the United States as The Bloodless Revolution: A Cultural History of Vegetarianism From 1600 to Modern Times.[1]

The book documents the history of vegetarianism in Europe over the last 400 years and argues that Western vegetarian diets were influenced by travellers' tales from India.[1][2][3] Stuart explores the vegetarianism of Thomas Bushell, John Robins, Thomas Tryon, George Cheyne, Roger Crab, John Oswald and others.[1][2][4]


Historian Chandak Sengoopta commented that "The Bloodless Revolution is a wonderful book, crammed with original research and written with verve, wit and passion. The most enthralling work of cultural history I have read in years, it brings out the political, ethical and environmental implications of our dietary choices without any preachiness."[3] Philosopher A. C. Grayling praised the historical research of the book.[5]

The book was positively reviewed by Publishers Weekly who suggested that "Stuart offers a masterful social and cultural history of a movement that changed the ways people think about the food they eat."[6] A review by Kirkus Reviews described it as "Culinary and cultural history intertwined: readable, and endlessly interesting."[7]


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  2. ^ a b "Green thoughts from abroad". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  3. ^ a b Sengoopta, Chandak (2006). "The Bloodless Revolution, by Tristram Stuart". The Independent. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Vegetarian hermits, 17th century England". Hermitary. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  5. ^ Grayling, A. C. (2006). "The Bloodless Revolution, by Tristram Stuart". The Independent. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  6. ^ "The Bloodless Revolution: A Cultural History of Vegetarianism from 1600 to Modern Times". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  7. ^ Tristram Stuart. "The Bloodless Revolution". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 30 August 2020.