Drink, Temperance and the Working Class in Nineteenth Century Germany: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Drink, Temperance and the Working Class in Nineteenth Century Germany

1st Edition

By James S. Roberts


168 pages

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Hardback: 9780367248321
pub: 2019-07-16
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Originally published in 1984 this book provided the first German case study of a prototypical 19th Century social problem, combining a discussion of popular drinking behaviour with analysis of efforts to reform it on the parts of both middle class temperance reformers and the socialist labour movement. The book links the study of popular drinking behaviour and organized responses to it to larger themes in Germany’s social and political development, providing an important window on topics such as working class dietary standards to the political mentality of the Bildungsbügertum.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Temperance History in Comparative Perspective 2. Volkserhebung Wider Den Branntwein: The Early German Temperance Movement 3. Decline and Renewal: 1848 and Beyond 4. The German Association for the Prevention of Alcohol Abuse 1883-1914 5. German Social Democracy and the Drink Question 6. The Changing Shape of the German Drink Question 7. Conclusion: Drink, Temperance and the Working Class in Nineteenth Century Germany

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: German History

Originally published between 1929 and 1991 the volumes in this set:

  • Offer a comprehensive and challenging interpretation of the German past
  • Assess Bismarck’s contribution to the German Empire and his legacy for modern Germany
  • Examine the psyche of the Germans and discuss the psychological impact of the Second World War on the Germans
  • Review critically not only the rise and rule of National Socialism, but also the strength of authoritarianism and militarism and the weakness of democracy in 19th Century Germany
  • Examine the inter-relationships between social and economic change on the one hand, and political developments on the other.
  • Analyse the significance of the Zollverein on economic growth
  • Discuss authority and the law in the German Empire and the Weimar Republic.
  • Analyse the contribution of German historians to 20th Century historiography
  • Chart key events in British – German trade rivalry
  • Include archival material from both the former East and West Germany.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Germany