Alcohol: A History by Rod Phillips 2014

Alcohol: A History by Rod Phillips 2014

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Whether wine, beer, or spirits, alcohol has had a constant and often controversial role in social life.  Alcohol: A History, his innovative book on the attitudes toward and consumption of alcohol, Rod Phillips surveys a 9,000-year cultural and economic history, uncovering the tensions between alcoholic drinks as healthy staples of daily diets and as objects of social, political, and religious anxiety.   In the urban centers of Europe and America, where it was seen as healthier than untreated water, alcohol gained a foothold as the drink of choice, but it has been regulated by governmental and religious authorities more than any other commodity.  Alcohol has created volatile boundaries of acceptable and unacceptable consumption and broken through barriers of class, race, and gender. 

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Publishing details
The University of North Carolina Press; (Oct. 13, 2014)
Hardcover: ‎384 pages
ISBN-13: ‎978-1469617602
Weight: ‎699 g
Dimensions: ‎ 15.5 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm

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