This special edition of the journal contains papers presented to the ESRC Network on Intoxicants and Intoxication in Historical and Cultural Perspective.

Guest Editors’ Introduction
Histories and Geographies of Intoxicants and Intoxication: An Introduction

Angela McShane and James Kneale

On the Origins and Progress of Temperance: Basil Montagu’s Some Enquiries into the Effects of Fermented Liquors (1814) in Context
James Nicholls

Everything in its Right Place?: Drinking Places and Social Spaces in Mexico City c. 1780-1900
Deborah Toner

Addictive Architecture: The Crystal Palace, Gin Palaces and Women’s Desire
Julia Skelly

“A Soldier Intoxicated is Far Worse than No Soldier at All”: Intoxication and the American Civil War
Scott C. Martin

Abstinent Nation, Addicted Empire: Opium and Japan in the Meiji Period
Miriam Kingsberg

Liquor Licences and Spirit Boycotts: The Struggle to Control Liquor in Abadan and Abeokuta, Souther Nigeria, 1908-9
Simon Heap

The Meaning of Addiction in the Rubbing Alcohol Habit: The Rise and Fall of the Rubby
Dan Malleck

Local and National Policy for Making Alcohol: Nottingham, UK, 1950-2007
Jane McGregor and Virginia Berridge

Book Reviews
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Amy Mittelman. Brewing Battles: A History of American Beer
Maureen Ogle. Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer
Reviewed by Martin Stack

Ian Coutts. Brew North: How Canadians Made Beer and Beer Made Canada
Reviewed by Greg Marquis

Martyn Cornell. Amber, Gold and Black: The History of Britain’s Great Beers
Reviewed by James Sumner

Scott Thompson and Garry Genosko. Punched Drunk: Alcohol, Surveillance and the LCBO, 1927-75
Reviewed by Dan Malleck

Paul J. Vanderwood. The Devil’s Playground: Mobsters and Movie Stars at America’s Greatest Gaming Resort
Reviewed by Mark C. Smith

Toby Seddon. A History of Drugs: Drugs and Freedom in the Liberal Age
Reviewed by Virginia Berridge

W. Chapkis and R. Webb. Dying to Get High: Marijuana as Medicine
Reviewed by James H. Mills

Penny Dade. Drink Talking: 100 Years of Alcohol Advertising
Reviewed by Pamela Pennock

Lawrence Wenner and Steven Jackson eds. Sports, Beer and Gender: Promotional Culture and Contemporary Social Life
Reviewed by Andy Ruddock

Mark Jayne, Gill Valentine and Sarah L. Holloway. Alcohol, Drinking, Drunkenness: (Dis)Orderly Spaces
Reviewed by Alasdair M. Forsyth

John Varriano. Wine: A Cultural History
Reviewed by Chad Ludington

Marion Demossier. Wine Drinking Culture in France: A National Myth or a Modern Passion?
Reviewed by Noelle Plack

Michael A. Rinella. Pharmakon: Plato, Drug Culture and Identity in Ancient Athens
Reviewed by Harold Tarrant