The Factory: A Social History of Work and Technology/The Tavern: A Social History of Drinking and Conviviality

Greenwood. History of Human Spaces. Dec. 2018. 165p. ISBN 9781440853326; ebk. ISBN 9781440853333; ISBN 9781440852725; ebk. ISBN 9781440852732. illus. bibliog. index. $39. REF.
Greenwood’s “History of Human Spaces” series explores the social and private spaces and how they impact American culture and political life. In The Tavern, Barleen (history, Clinton Community Coll., IA) looks at the history of drinking establishments, first worldwide, then focusing on American taverns, beginning in revolutionary times. He addresses practical matters such as layout and furnishings; a particularly fascinating section considers tavern names and signage, along with customer expectations, social functions, and societal resistance to alcohol sales. Marsh (public history, Univ. of South Carolina) writes in The Factory of “factory landscapes” from architecture to interior objects, with deeper exploration of factory types such as textile mill and clean room.
VERDICT Some books in this series will be of wider general interest (The Bathroom; The Bedroom [scheduled for 2020]). The Tavern and The Factory, with their more specialist topics, will likely find readership with sociologists and architects and in academic libraries.
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