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The politics of London air : John Evelyn's 'Fumifugium' and the Restoration

Jenner, M. (1995) The politics of London air : John Evelyn's 'Fumifugium' and the Restoration. The Historical Journal. pp. 535-551. ISSN 1469-5103

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Historians have commonly described John Evelyn's pamphlet about London smoke pollution, Fumifugium, as a precocious example of environmental concern. This paper argues that such an interpretation is too simple. Evelyn's proposals are shown to be closely related to political allegory and the panegyrics written to welcome the newly restored Charles II. However, the paper also shows that Fumifugium was not simply a literary conceit; rather it exemplified the mid-seventeenth-century English interest in the properties of air that is visible in both the Hartlib circle and the early Royal Society

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 1995 Cambridge University Press. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > History (York)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2006
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2016 00:05
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1550

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