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December 2003, 758pp, 81/2x11, eBook/Hardcover
Print: 978-1-57607-833-4
$191.00 / £147.00 / 160,00 € / A$245.00
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World History/Culture

Alcohol and Temperance in Modern History

An International Encyclopedia

Jack S. Blocker, Jr., David M. Fahey, and Ian R. Tyrrell, Editors

2 Volumes

Alcohol and Temperance in Modern History: An International Encyclopedia spans the history of alcohol production and consumption from the development of distilled spirits and modern manufacturing and distribution methods to the present. Authoritative and unbiased, it brings together the work of hundreds of experts from a variety of disciplines with an emphasis on the extraordinary wealth of scholarship developed in the past several decades.

Its nearly 500 alphabetically organized entries range beyond the principal alcoholic beverages and major producers and retailers to explore attitudes toward alcohol in various countries and religions, traditional drinking occasions and rituals, and images of drinking and temperance in art, painting, literature, and drama. Other entries describe international treaties and organizations related to alcohol production and distribution, global consumption patterns, and research and treatment institutions, as well as temperance, prohibition, and antiprohibitionist efforts worldwide.


500 A–Z entries on the production and use of the principal alcoholic beverages, cultural representations, temperance movements, research, treatment, and forms of regulation and prohibition in the United States and around the world

Written by 170+ international scholars from the disciplines of history, anthropology, medicine, political science, cultural studies, and the law

A chronology of major events in the history of alcohol and its social response since the 18th century

Numerous drawings and illustrations such as historical photographs, vintage lithographs, posters, and product labels representing early advertising

Jack S. Blocker, Jr. is professor of history at Huron University College, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario. He was formerly president of the Alcohol and Temperance History Group and has authored or edited five books on alcohol temperance history.

David M. Fahey is professor of history at Miami University, Oxford, OH. He was formerly president of the Alcohol and Temperance History Group. His published works include, Temperance & Racism: John Bull, Johnny Reb, and the Good Templars.

Ian R. Tyrrell is professor of history at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He has published several books on the topic of alcohol and temperance.

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