Mark Lawrence Schrad, “Misconceptualizing Prohibition: Problems with American Cultural Explanation,” in Susannah Wilson, ed., Prohibitions and Psychoactive Substances (2019).
Susannah Wilson, ed., Prohibitions and Psychoactive Substances in History, Culture and Theory (Routledge, 2019).
Rhys Williams, “Policing the Pub: Drinking, Drunkenness, and Class Conflict” (M.A. thesis in sociology, Careleton University, 2014).
Geoff Dye, “The Menestheus ‘Floating Brewery’: A History of the Ship and the Brewery,” Brewery History 181 (Winter 2019): 18-30.
Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from contributing editor Brooks Hudson, a PhD student in history at Southern Illinois University. He adds to our Points Bookshelf series, where we examine and review recent books about alcohol and drug history.In Killer High: A History of War in Six Drugs, Peter Andreas, a professor of international studies at Brown University, probes the “symbiotic relationship between drugs and war,” or “how drugs made war and war made drugs.” Over the last two years, this area of interest has garnered tremendous attention. Two blockbusters that come to mind are Shooting Up: A History of Drugs and War, a general history of drugs and war throughout the ages, and Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich, which, as the title suggests, hones in on Nazi Germany’s love-hate relationship with psychoactive substances, particularly methamphetamine. Shooting Up has some close parallels with Killer High, as the two dip their toes in the same stream so to speak, but Killer High is different in its approach, emphasis and aim. Andreas concentrates on six drugs—alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, opium, amphetamine, and cocaine—detailing his interpretative lens through five types of relationships, including the complementary and often contradictory link binding war with drugs throughout history.
For the full review, see Points, the blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society
Lacey Sparks, book review of Thora Hands, Drinking in Victorian and Edwardian Britain: The Spectre of the Drunkard (2018), in Victorian Studies 61 no. 4 (Summer 2019): 695-97.