HIST 3109 V - Social History of Alcohol

Alcohol in Western society from Ancient times to the present. Production, trade, and consumption of alcohol; religious and social significance; class, gender, and health; drinking cultures; policies toward drunkenness, and alcoholism. Specific topics include comparative trends, temperance movements, and prohibition. (Field e) Prerequisite(s): a 2000-level history course or third-year standing and 1.0 credit in history.

CRN for section V: 12796

CRN for section VOD (optional Video On Demand service): 12797

In-class lecture time & location:
Mondays, 6:05pm to 8:55pm, C264 LA

Instructor: Roderick Phillips

Roderick Phillips

About the instructor: My course on the social history of alcohol reflects the way my career has developed and my personal interest in wine. I became interested in wine when I was growing up in New Zealand, and I've read about wine, tasted wine, and enjoyed wine ever since. In 2000, I published a history of wine (which came out in several foreign languages) and I began to write for wine magazines and judge in wine competitions around the world. Then I broadened my scope to study beer, spirits, and other alcoholic beverages, and in 2014, I published a history of alcohol (with half a dozen foreign translations to come).

My course on the history of alcohol shows how we can investigate societies and cultures through their approaches to a particular commodity. I really enjoy teaching this course because alcohol is such a rich subject. There is no end to the ways we can approach alcohol and it makes for a course that has something for everyone.

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