[updated July 2012] I started writing these blogs in February 2010, and I’ve compiled some of those that have attracted the most interest, including all the historical items, into an e-book.
If you want to go straight to the book, it’s at: www.ivu.org/history/Vegan_History.pdf (6mb) - below is the introduction and contents, with the link again at the bottom:
World Veganism – past, present, and future
By John Davis, IVU Manager and Historian (www.ivu.org)
A collection of blogs © John Davis 2010-12
Creating this as a PDF e-book has several advantages, especially if you are reading this on a device connected to the internet. For example:
- in the blog about interviews on SMTV, just click on the links to watch the videos
- in the bibliography click to read a complete scan of an original very old book.
- on the contents page click a link to go direct to any item, then click ‘back to top’.
- you can also, of course, use other features such as search, zoom etc. etc.
- a great advance on printed books…
The blogs were posted weekly from February 2010 and each is self-contained, with the assumption that readers might not have seen any of the others. So feel free to start anywhere, and read them in any order, no need to read from the beginning.
The blogs are grouped into a few sections:
1 – History: It is impossible to consider a history of veganism without putting it in the wider context, so there is a lot that is ‘nearly vegan’ along the way. The word vegan was invented in 1944, but for a long time before that there were many people holding similar, though not necessarily identical views. The real beginning is from 1806, where see a movement that could be considered vegan by today’s standards. Before that there are some thoughts about people moving in the right direction.
2 – Regions and IVU – with histories: Deals with various regions of the world, and includes brief histories of those areas. Most inevitably start out as ovo- and/or lacto-vegetarian, but end up vegan, hence the use of veg*ism, or just veg, as a shorthand.
IVU from 1908 and some highlights along the way – that is also all vegan by the end of the 20th century.
3 – World View: Some recent veg activities and events around the world.
4 – Activism: Ideas for local groups, based on some in the UK which could be adapted.
5 – Directions: A collection of thoughts about where we’re at and where we’re going.
4 - Fast Food? – it’s just distorted jungle food
6 - Were there Vegans in the Ancient World?
8 - Medieval Mindsets – ‘vegans’ in the middle ages
10 - Veganism from 1806 - a brief timeline summary of most of this section
13 - Dr. William Lambe - father of vegan nutrition, and his vegan biographer
14 - Dr. Lambe's Rural Roots - his childhood and retirement in Herefordshire.
16 - John Frank Newton - and the 'vegan' commune of 1813
18 - Shelley - the first celebrity vegan
20 - Lewis Gompertz – Jewish ‘vegan’ and co-founder of the RSPCA in 1824
22 - Sylvester Graham - the original American vegan baker
24 - Taking the Waters - transatlantic pioneer plant-food doctors
27 - The Vegan School that invented Vegetarians
29 - Vegetarian equals vegan!
31 - Bronson Alcott - American pioneer vegan
33 - Henry David Thoreau and the Roots of Plantism
35 - Dr. John Snow - a vegan of genius
37 - The Truth Tester 1846-48 - a vegan journal
39 - The Curious Affair of The Vegetarian Advocate (1848-50)
41 - London Vegetarian Association, 1850s – the world’s first ‘vegan society’
45 - Prof. Francis W. Newman and the attempted ‘vegan’ revolution of 1871
46 - The First Vegan Cookbook - New York 1874
48 - Gustav Schlickeysen – 1875 German vegan, raw-foodist, fruitarian
50 - Was Vitamin B12 a problem for 19th century ‘vegans’?
52 - The Vegetus Myth - an attempt to pretend that vegetarians didn’t just eat vegetation.
54 - Henry Salt - the father of animal rights
55 - Gandhi - and the launching of veganism
58 - The Invention of the Vegans - the first Vegan Society
59 - Vegans are Vegetarians too - early years of the Vegan Society
62 - Vegan Goes Global - the first ten years, 1944-54
64 - Hygiene cleans up - naturally of course
66 - How the Vegans landed in America
68 - The Veganizing of International Veg Events
REGIONS with histories____________________________________________
70 - Learning from the developing world
72 - Go Veg - and see the World!
74 - Veg*ism in India
77 - Veg*ism in Africa
80 - Veg*ism in China
83 - Veg*ism in the Middle East
86 - Latin America leads the Veg World
88 - The Vegfest Phenomena
IVU with histories_________________________________________________
90 - IVU Vegfest/Congress - coming near you soon . . – IVU from 1908
92 - The Beatles and IVU – from 1957
95 - IVU and the NAVS Summerfest – from 1973
97 - IVU and the American Animals Rights Movement – from 1975
98 - IVU and Vegsource - together at last! – from 1998
100 - IVU and the Venerable History of Vegism [Videos] – three interviews on SMTV.
101 - 10 days that changed everything (for me) – Singapore, Indonesia and China - 2009
104 - Food as Art in China - 2009
106 - From England to California – 2010
109 - Jakarta Jamboree – Indonesia 2010
112 - Meet Sundara - our man down under – Australia 2010
114 - The last leg - Malaysia to India and home – Kuala Lumpur and Bangalore 2010
116 - To Nairobi and Dubai - 2010
119 - The Global Veg Explosion – 2010
121 - Festival Vegano Español – Spain 2011
123 - The First Ever Veg Congress in China - 2011
124 - The China Congress - with pictures – 2011
129 - The Year of the Veg - 2011
132 - Going Dutch – veg*ism in the Netherlands, 2012
134 - Throwing the lion to the Christians
135 - Living on the Front Line
137 - National Veg Week - does your nation have one? – vegetarian going vegan
138 - Vegan Wolves – free public vegan barbecue in Wolverhampton
140 - Vegan Café 4 the Day - could your group do this?
142 - The Big Veg Weekend
144 - Cruelty Free Christmas - an idea for Christians?
146 - Divided by a common language
148 - Are you a positive or a negative veg*n?
150 - Vegetarianism Re-Defined
152 - Why Vegans Need Total Vegetarians
154 - Flexitarian and Plantatarian - 21st century dimensions
156 - The Plant-food Two-step Shuffle - and Pure Vegetarians
158 - Will there ever be more veg*ns?
160 - Why some restaurants don’t do vegan food – and why they should
162 - The Future of the Movement?
164 - Veg*ism, Wildlife and the Environment - what I see whilst writing these blogs
166 – A Year in the Sky – photos from my office window during 2010.
170 - Read all about it - antiquarian veg*ism – where all this history came from
163 - Bibliography
The complete book (6mb) is at: www.ivu.org/history/Vegan_History.pdf
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