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