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Chapter 5: Intimacy: The Romantic Self
Historians taught us long ago that the King was never left alone. But in fact, until the end of the seventeenth century, nobody was ever left alone. The density of social life made isolation virtually impossible, and people who managed to shut themselves up in a room for some time were regarded as exceptional characters: relations between peers, relations between people of the same class but dependent on one another, relations between masters and servants – these everyday relations never left a man by himself.
In my research on attitudes to alcohol control among members of the new middle class – journalists, businessmen and businesswomen, stockbrokers, physicians, nurses, engineers, etc. – I have ...