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Deborah Toner (ed.), Alcohol in the Age of Industry, Empire and War (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2021). 

Alcohol in the Age of Industry, Empire, and War: Deborah Toner: Bloomsbury Academic

Featuring chapters by Network members James Kneale, Dan Malleck, Andrew McMichael, Stella Moss and Deborah Toner, this book examines alcohol production, consumption, regulation, and commerce, alongside the gendered, medical, religious, ideological, and cultural practices that surrounded alcohol from 1850 to 1950. Through analyzing major changes in alcohol’s place in society, contributors demonstrate the important connections between industrialization, empire-building, and the growth of the nation-state. They also identify the diverse actors and communities that built, contested, and resisted those processes around the world.

Network co-ordinator Deborah Toner’s first book has just been published by University of Nebraska Press, examining how debates about alcohol were connected to nation-building processes and discourses in nineteenth-century Mexico. This interdisciplinary study, analysing novels, newspapers, medical texts and archival records, illustrates how wide-ranging the connections were between ideas about drinking, poverty, crime, insanity, citizenship, patriotism, gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity in the nineteenth century. It is available here, or contact the author for a discount copy.

A collection of essays by network members resulting from our 2013 conference, in which a range of scholars from different disciplinary and chronological backgrounds all contribute to an overarching conversation about the various roles of alcohol in human societies by providing a ‘biographical’ case study focused on subjects as varied as particular drinking vessels, pub design aesthetics, genres of literature and advertising campaigns. Edited by network coordinators Mark Hailwood and Deborah Toner and available here.

Mark Hailwood, Alehouses and Good Fellowship in Early Modern England (Boydell & Brewer, 2014) 9781843839422

Network co-ordinator Mark Hailwood’s first book has just been published by Boydell and Brewer, charting the history of the English pub in what he argues was both its ‘golden age’ and most important formative years, the period 1550-1700. It covers a wide range of issues from developments in the regulation of alehouses to the role of drinking in the formation of gender roles and communities, and should interest anyone interested in the history of drinking. It is available here.

Warwick Drinking Studies Network’s Special Edition of the journal Brewery History, 150 (2013) 150_cover_image

The network is delighted to announce the first publication to emerge under its banner: a special peer-review edition of the journal Brewery History (Issue 150), subtitled: ‘Developments in the Brewing, Retail and Consumption of Alcohol in Early Modern England’. The edition showcases the work of four early career scholars, each network members, working in the field of early modern drinking studies. Kristen Burton explores the introduction of hops and commercial brewing to England in this period; Matthew Jackson offers a fresh interpretation of the role of the female publican in France and England; Jasmine Kilburn-Toppin reconstructs the spatial and material culture of guild feasts; and Mark Hailwood examines seventeenth-century understandings of the effects of alcohol. The edition is edited by network coordinators Mark Hailwood and Deborah Toner, and is free to access here. ** An earlier special edition of Brewery History on ‘Brewing Cultures in Early Modern Towns’, edited by the network’s Beat Kümin, is also free to access here.**

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