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Clean (Hardback)

A History of Personal Hygiene and Purity

P&S History > Archaeology > Archaeological Method & Theory

Imprint: Oxford University Press
Pages: 457
Illustrations: b/w illus
ISBN: 9780199297795
Published: 31st December 2007
Casemate UK Academic


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From pre-historic grooming rituals to New Age medicine, from ascetics to cosmetics, Smith looks at how different cultures have interpreted and striven for personal cleanliness and shows how, throughout history, this striving for purity has brought great social benefits as well as great tragedies. It is probably safe to say that no-one who reads this book will look at his or her body (or bathroom) in quite the same way again.

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