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dc.contributor.authorRyan, Gregory J.en
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-10T23:07:55Z
dc.date.issued2010-04en
dc.identifier.issn0028-8322en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10182/10217
dc.description.abstractIn reviewing the existing historiography of alcohol in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century New Zealand, this article emphasizes the need for histories that examine the perspective of the drinker and that consider the culture of alcohol consumption in its own right, and not merely as a counterpoint to temperance and prohibition. Why did people drink and did they do so excessively by contemporary international standards? What did people drink and in what circumstances? How did tastes change over time? What role did brewers and publicans play in the community other than as dispensers of alcohol? To determine the impact of alcohol on New Zealand society we need to distinguish between those who drank to excess, those who drank in calm moderation, those who abstained quietly and those who abstained noisily. Just as Patricia Grimshaw insisted that ‘It would be wrong for the later generations to remember only the fanatical wing of the [prohibition] movement, and to forget the patient, dedicated and enlightened work of many hundreds of sensible and intelligent humanitarians, reacting to a genuine evil in society, it would be equally wrong to view all drinkers and drink sellers as harbingers of damage and disruption. Moreover, although the prohibitionists’ most enduring legacy, the ‘six o’clock swill’, shaped several generations of New Zealand (binge) drinkers and a set of twentieth-century licensing laws rightly characterized by W.H. Oliver as ‘illiberal and degrading, the era of the swill also provides a long barrier that tends to obscure aspects of a more nuanced alcohol culture in the decades preceding it.en
dc.format.extent35-53en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Aucklanden
dc.relationThe original publication is available from - University of Auckland - http://www.nzjh.auckland.ac.nz/docs/2010/NZJH_44_1_03.pdfen
dc.rights© Copyright of New Zealand Journal of History. Articles in the New Zealand Journal of History remain in copyright and any reuse except for the purposes of private study requires permission from the copyright holders. Permission granted to archive in Research@Lincoln.en
dc.subjectalcoholen
dc.subjecthistoryen
dc.subjectNew Zealanden
dc.subjectdrinkingen
dc.subjectsocietyen
dc.titleDrink and the historians: Sober reflections on alcohol in New Zealand, 1840-1914en
dc.typeJournal Article
lu.contributor.unitLincoln Universityen
lu.contributor.unitFaculty of Environment, Society and Designen
lu.contributor.unitDepartment of Tourism, Sport and Societyen
dc.subject.anzsrc1608 Sociologyen
dc.subject.anzsrc2103 Historical Studiesen
dc.relation.isPartOfThe New Zealand Journal of Historyen
pubs.issue1en
pubs.organisational-group/LU
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Faculty of Environment, Society and Design
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Faculty of Environment, Society and Design/DTSS
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Research Management Office
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Research Management Office/QE18
pubs.publication-statusPublisheden
pubs.publisher-urlhttp://www.nzjh.auckland.ac.nz/docs/2010/NZJH_44_1_03.pdfen
pubs.volume44en
dc.publisher.placeAucklanden
lu.identifier.orcid0000-0002-0358-5329


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