Coffee (book review)

Capitalism’s Favorite Drug: The dark history of how coffee took over the world
Review by Michael Pollan in Atlantic, April 2020
Augustine Sedgewick, Coffeeland: One Man’s Dark Empire and the Making of Our Favorite Drug (Penguin)

ADHS at AHA in Seattle, 7-10 Jan. 2021

Panels and Papers still can be submitted for the ADHS at the AHA Seattle 2021
   Dear Members and interested scholars:
   There are still well over two months before I must turn in affiliated panels for the     ADHS at the AHA.  Thus feel free to submit paper and panel proposals and I will be glad to help develop them.
    If you have any questions, pleas contact.
   W. Scott Haine,

Alcohol in the Middle East (book)

The Milk Of Lions – A History Of Alcohol In The Middle East
Joseph El Asmar


200pp • 210x148mm
ISBN: 978-1-908531-93-3
Price: £19.95
Publication: 18th July 2019

Alcohol has been around for almost as long as man has. This book tells the story of alcoholic drinks in the Middle East region across the ages and follows the communities that have adopted them as part of their national identities. It explores the various cultural and religious attitudes regarding alcohol, with an emphasis on the production of Lebanon’s national drink, Araq.
Araq – or its sister spirits, pastis, raki, sambucca, mastika, and charteuse to name just a few – traces its origins back to the very earliest distilled alcohol, in the fertile crescent that skirts the eastern end of the Mediterranean. Often known to the Lebanese as the Milk of Lions, it sits at centre table in day to day life.
Broader than simply a study of the region’s favourite digestif, this volume encompasses the general history of alcohol across the Middle East region, from early brewers in Pharaonic Egypt, through to the wine poets of the Abbasid courts and on to its popularity today.  Written by an author with long personal experience of fine distilling, this fascinating account encompasses the details of how it is made and conducts an exploration of cultural references in literature and society today.
​    An essential companion for any one who enjoys the magical milky swirl of iced water hitting aniseed liqueur, this volume celebrates the cherished drink from its earliest discovery through to its undiminished popularity today.

Prohibition in colonial Bihar (article)

Academic Discourse
Year : 2019, Volume : 8, Issue : 2
First page : ( 44) Last page : ( 54)
Print ISSN : 2278-3296. Online ISSN : 2349-4441.

Prohibition in Colonial Bihar: Role of Jaglal Choudhry

Kumar Ajeet

Assistant Professor, Department of History, A.R.S.D. College (University of Delhi) Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi-110021

Online published on 4 March, 2020.


Jaglal Choudhry was a leader who dedicated his entire life to the service of the people and nation. As a true Gandhian not only in words but also in his deeds, he fully committed to the principle led down by Mahatma Gandhi. He was a visionary who led his life with an example in every sense. As a legislator and minister in colonial Bihar, he always thought and given preference to the cause of people. During the national movement, prohibition was one of the social, political and economic issues both for colonial government and national leaders. It was a tough and daunting task to convince the common masses and the leaders to come in support of temperance movement. There were many arguments and counter arguments for prohibition in the provinces. The biggest obstacle for him was his caste (Pasi)but he did not bother to take caste consideration. The role played by Jaglal Choudhry was immensely debated, discussed and talked about it during this period. Coming from a simple and humble background and leading it from front was always a difficult task. It was both positive and challenging for him to devote time and resources to bring the common masses and take a bold step like prohibition. In this paper, it was highlighted about the introduction of temperance movement through legislation and problems in colonial Bihar.