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Alcohol in World History : Themes in World History - Gina Hames

Alcohol in World History

Themes in World History

Paperback Published: 18th June 2012
ISBN: 9780415311526
Number Of Pages: 152

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From the origins of drinking to the use and abuse of alcohol in the present day, this global historical study draws on approaches and research from biology, anthropology, sociology and psychology. Topics covered include:

  • the impact of colonialism
  • alcohol before the world economy
  • industrialization and alcohol
  • globalization, consumer society, and alcohol.

Gina Hames argues that the production, trade, consumption, and regulation of alcohol have shaped virtually every civilization in numerous ways. It has perpetuated the development of both domestic and international trade; helped create identity and define religion; provided a tool for oppression as well as a tool for cultural and political resistance; and has supplied governments with essential revenues as well as a means of control over minority groups.

Alcohol in World History is one of the first studies to pull together such a wide range of sources in order to compare the role of alcohol throughout time and across both western and non-western civilizations.

Industry Reviews

"Gina Hames has undertaken an extraordinarily ambitious and comprehensive survey of alcohol's place in global history. Alcohol in World History is a well-organized and highly readable study, one which should be of interest to general audiences and specialists alike. With engaging examples and careful analysis, Hames demonstrates the profound political, cultural, and economic impact of alcohol on world civilizations, from ancient societies to the twenty-first century." - Joseph F. Spillane, University of Florida, USA

"Comprehensive and analytical ...well-balanced chronologically and geographically ... strong on indigenous peoples, on colonialism, and on gender ... based on wide and careful reading." - David Fahey, Miami University, USA

"Readers coming at this book with a general interest will find much that is of use, and will undoubtedly come away thinking about alcohol as a mediator of social distinction and power... [It] should provide a good springboard for readers entering this comlpex and fascinating area." - Dr. Jamse Nicholls, Reviews in History

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
The origins of alcoholp. 5
Alcohol and the spread of culture in the Classical Periodp. 23
Alcohol, cultural development, and the rise of trade in the Post-Classical and early modern worldp. 33
Colonizers and the colonized: alcohol in the fifteenth-through the nineteenth-centuriesp. 46
Alcohol, industrialization, and temperance in the nineteenth-and early twentieth-centuriesp. 63
Imperialism and alcohol in the nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuriesp. 81
Alcohol and globalization, Westernization, and tradition in the twentieth- and twenty-first-centuriesp. 98
Conclusionp. 129
Bibliographyp. 135
Indexp. 141
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ISBN: 9780415311526
ISBN-10: 0415311527
Series: Themes in World History
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 152
Published: 18th June 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1