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Rod Phillips

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469617602

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469617602.001.0001

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Alcohol and Native Peoples 1800–1930

Alcohol and Native Peoples 1800–1930

Race, Order, and Control

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Rod Phillips

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the interplay between alcohol and colonialism in Africa. Europeans brought their alcoholic beverages, attitudes, and consumption patterns with them to the rest of the world, and in Africa they encountered indigenous populations with their own alcoholic beverages and modes of consuming them. Europeans confronted alcohol in their far-flung colonies with policies ranging from laissez-faire to prohibition. In most cases policies went through a number of phases, each representing a different level of coercion and rigor. Colonial alcohol policies were fashioned from competing interests, notable among which was the revenues that colonial powers could obtain from taxing alcohol in their colonies.

Keywords:   alcohol consumption, colonies, Africa, Europe, indigenous populations, colonialism, alcohol policy, colonial policy

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