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The Smile Revolution


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Introduction 1: The Old Regime of Teeth 2: The Smile of Sensibility 3: Cometh the Dentist 4: The Making of a Revolution 5: The Transient Smile Revolution 6: Beyond the Smile Revolution Postscript: Towards the Twentieth-Century Smile Revolution Notes Index

About the Author

Colin Jones is Professor of History at Queen Mary University of London. He has published widely on French history, particularly on the eighteenth century, the French Revolution, and the history of medicine. His many books include The Medical World of Early Modern France (with Lawrence Brockliss, 1997), The Great Nation: France from Louis XV to Napoleon (2002), and Paris: Biography of a City (2004: winner of the Enid MacLeod Prize). He is a Fellow of the British Academy and Past President, Royal Historical Society.


`Colin Jones knows as much about eighteenth century France as any man alive, and in this study he brings together his prodigious learning and robust curiosity to produce a book that should bring a smile to even the most sullen scholarly face ... Jones tells [his] tale with tremendous insight and wit, drawing on his knowledge of an astonishing array of disciplines and sub-disciplines, from the history of medicine to the history of art.' Darrin M. McMahon, American Historical Review `A tour de force ... Tullett's book is a really successful social and cultural history.' Karen Harvey, author of The Imposteress Rabbit Breeder `... the book... is, among other things, a secret history of dentistry and, because of Jones's wit and erudition, one simply can't imagine the topic being more fascinatingly handled.' Spear's `...entertaining and highly readable' Network Review, David Lorimer `an important contribution to the history of medicine as well as the history of the emotions...It is immensely readable' Reviews in History, Dr Jennifer Wallis `The most intriguing sections of Jones's book examine the establishment of dentistry as a medical science and respectable profession in the 18th century.' Jonathan Beckman, London Review of Books `highly readable, intelligent, unpretentious and even mischievous book... Jones's ingenious and puckish book, poised between high culture and pop psychology, is both entertaining and informative' TLS, Patrice Higonnet `Politics, literature, dentistry and art are wrapped up in a brilliant piece of scholarship.' Michael Prodger, Book of the Year 2014, New Statesman `fascinating exploration' Mary Beard, The Spectator `Fascinating book' The Good Book Guide `It is, in short, an inspiring work by a master of the field.' Anna Jenkin, French History `A combination of impressive learning and entertaining wit' Harriet Devine, Shiny New Books `In just 180 pages, Jones manages to be brilliant about painting, French literature and history, the sociology of emotional expression, and the hucksterish early history of the dental profession.' The Slate, Books of the Year `The most original approach to history in years ... [Colin Jones] had written one of the most absorbing and unusual history books imaginable' Michael Prodger, Sunday Times `immensely readable' The Connexion `The subject of Jones's book may seem recondite, but it is a fascinating mouthful. In mixing dental minutiae, sweeping social history and vivid detail to show why the smile was no laughing matter but something both mutable and meaningful he has written one of the most absorbing and unusual history books imaginable.' Michael Prodger, The Sunday Times `compelling Cheshire cat of a book' Kathryn Hughes, Guardian `ingenious and puckish book' Patrice Higonnet, Times Literary Supplement `a marvellous, engaging and constantly enlightening study' John Brewer, Literary Review ` The Smile Revolution is an education and an entertainment ... Colin Jones drills into his subject with wit, clarity and a fine theatrical flourish.' James Hamilton, The Times `The intriguing untold story of how we learned to smile.' The Bookseller `You will never look at an eighteenth-century portrait in the same way after you read these pages so filled with verve, wit, and insight. Colin Jones accomplishes the extraordinary feat of changing our view of the ordinary by showing us how teeth, smiles and laughing all gained profound significance.' Lynn Hunt, author of Inventing Human Rights. `Readers of this witty, engaging study, which wears its wide-ranging scholarship lightly, will certainly find it impossible to keep a straight face.' Malcolm Crook, History `It is a joy to read ... The book is innovative and interdisciplinary in the extreme, combing social, cultural, economic, political and medical history in such a way as to make connections appear entirely natural, and bringing such traditional fields together with the new methodologies of the history of the emotions. It is, in short, an inspiring work by a master of the field.' Anna Jenkin, French History

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