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A Short history of drunkenness : how, why, where, and when humankind has gotten merry from the stone age to the present / Mark Forsyth.

Author/Creator:
Forsyth, Mark. author.
Publication:
New York : Three Rivers Press, [2017]
Format/Description:
Book
vi, 248 pages ; 21 cm
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Subjects:
Alcoholic beverages -- History.
Absinthe -- Social aspects.
Drinking customs -- History.
Temperance -- History.
Prohibition -- History.
Form/Genre:
Nonfiction.
Summary:
"Almost every culture on earth has drink, and where there's drink there's drunkenness. But in every age and in every place drunkenness is a little bit different. It can be religious, it can be sexual, it can be the duty of kings or the relief of peasants. It can be an offering to the ancestors, or a way of marking the end of a day's work. It can send you to sleep, or send you into battle. A Brief History of Drunkenness traces humankind's love affair with booze from our primate ancestors through to Prohibition and modern Japanese Nomikai. On the way, learn about the Neolithic Shamans, who drank to communicate with the spirit world (no pun intended), marvel at the beer King Midas was buried with, and attempt to resist the urge to try the Aztecs' alcoholic hot chocolate. From Australia's only military coup - the Rum Rebellion - to the gin epidemic of eighteenth-century London, Forsyth elegantly presents a history of the world at its inebriated best."--Publisher's description.
Contents:
Introduction
Evolution
The prehistory of drinking
Sumerian Bars
Ancient Egypt
The Greek symposium
Ancient Chinese drinking
The Bible
The Roman convivium
The Dark Ages
Drinking in the Middle East
The Viking sumbl
The Medieval alehouse
The Aztecs
The Gin craze
Australia
The WIld West saloon
Russia
Prohibition
Epilogue.
Notes:
"Originally published in Great Britain by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House UK, London, in 2017."--Title page verso.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9780525575375
0525575375
OCLC:
1008870627