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Victorian Turkish Baths is the first book to bring to light the hidden history of a fascinating institution - the 600-plus dry hot air baths that sprang up across Ireland, Britain and beyond, in the 19th century. Malcolm Shifrin traces the bath's Irish-Roman antecedents, looking at how its origins were influenced by the combination of physician Richard Barter's hydropathic expertise, and idiosyncratic diplomat David Urquhart's passion for the hammams of the Middle East. The book reveals how working-class members of a network of political pressure groups built more than 30 of the first Turkish baths in England. It explores the architecture, technology and sociology of the Victorian Turkish bath, examining everything from business and advertising to sex-real and imagined. This book offers a wealth of wondrous detail - from the baths used to treat sick horses to those for first-class passengers on the Titanic. Victorian Turkish Baths will appeal to those interested in Victorian social history, architecture, social attitudes to leisure, early public health campaigns, pressure groups, gendered spaces and much else besides. The book is complemented by the author's widely respected website victorianturkishbath.org, where readers can find a treasure trove of further information.
Victorian Turkish Baths is the first book to bring to light the hidden history of a fascinating institution—the more than six hundred dry hot air baths that sprang up across Ireland, Britain, and beyond in the 19th century. Malcolm Shifrin explores the bath’s Irish-Roman antecedents, the ideology and politics behind their construction, their architecture and technologies, their advertising, and of course bathhouse sex, both real and imagined. Offering a wealth of detail, from the baths used to treat sick horses to those reserved for the first-class passengers on the Titanic, Victorian Turkish Baths will be of interest to history enthusiasts, gender studies scholars, and architecture buffs.
Historic England Publishing
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