Smashing the liquor machine : a global history of prohibition / Mark Lawrence Schrad
- Schrad, Mark Lawrence
- New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 
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- Physical Description:
- xxiii, 725 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
- Introduction: Everything you know about prohibition is wrong -- Part I. The continental empires. Two Tolstoys and a Lenin--Temperance and prohibition in Russia -- The temperance internationale--Social Democrats against the liquor machine in Sweden and Belgium -- Temperance, liberalism and nationalism in the German and Austro-Hungarian Empire -- Part III. The British Empire. Temperance and self-determination in the British Isles -- Black man's burden, white man's liquor in Southern Africa -- Gandhi, Indian Nationalism, and the temperance resistance against the Raj -- The dry man of Europe--Ottoman prohibition against British domination -- Part III. The United States. First peoples, first prohibitionists -- Liquor and the ethnic cleansing of North America -- "All great reforms go together"--temperance and abolitionism -- The Empire Club strikes back -- A tale of two Franceses--Temperance and suffragism in the United States -- The progressive soul of American prohibition -- Prohibition against American Imperialism -- A people's history of American prohibition -- The battle for dry America -- Conclusion--where did we go wrong?
- "The book begins with a vignette of the world's most famous-and most misunderstood-prohibitionist: the hatchet-wielding saloon smasher, Carrie Nation. A deeper investigation finds that she was anything but the Bible-thumping, white, conservative evangelical that she's commonly made-out to be; but rather a populist-progressive equal-rights crusader. Chapter 1 lays bare the shortcomings of the dominant, historical narrative of temperance and prohibitionism as uniquely American developments resulting from a clash of religious and cultural groups. By examining the global history of prohibition, we can shed new light on the American experience. Answering the fundamental question-why prohibition? This book argues that temperance was a global resistance movement against imperialism, subjugation, and the predatory capitalism of a liquor traffic in which political and economic elites profited handsomely from the addiction and misery of the people"--
- 9780190841577 hardcover
9780190841591 electronic publication
9780197523322 electronic book
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 561-695) and index.
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