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Alcohol: A History

Rod Phillips

Abstract

Whether as wine, beer, mead, or spirits, alcohol has had a constant and often controversial role in human life. This book surveys the attitudes and consumption of alcohol and examines a 9,000 year cultural and economic history, uncovering the tensions between alcoholic drinks as a nutritious and potable staple of daily diets and as an object of political and religious regulation. It argues that brewing was one of the earliest and most common forms of water purification, which further integrated alcohol into the dense population centers in Europe and the Americas. Despite this practical use, no ... More

Keywords: wine, beer, mead, spirits, alcohol consumption, class, race, gender, alcohol production

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781469617602
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469617602.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rod Phillips, author
Carleton University