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Drinking in Victorian and Edwardian Britain

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ISBN: 9783319929644 Year: Pages: 195 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-92964-4 Language: English
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Subject: Medicine (General) --- Social Sciences --- History
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This open access book surveys drinking in Britain between the Licensing Act of 1869 and the wartime regulations imposed on alcohol production and consumption after 1914. This was a period marked by the expansion of the drink industry and by increasingly restrictive licensing laws. Politics and commerce co-existed with moral and medical concerns about drunkenness and combined, these factors pushed alcohol consumers into the public spotlight. Through an analysis of public and private records, medical texts and sociological studies, the book investigates the reasons why Victorians and Edwardians consumed alcohol in the ways that they did and explores the ideas about alcohol that circulated in the period. This book shows that they had many reasons for purchasing and consuming alcoholic substances and these were driven by broader social, cultural, medical and commercial factors. Although drunkenness may have been the most visible consequence of alcohol consumption, it was not the only type of drinking behaviour. Alcohol played an important social role in the everyday lives of Victorians and Edwardians where its consumption held many different meanings.

Child Protection in England, 1960–2000

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Book Series: Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood ISBN: 9783319947181 Year: Pages: 215 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-94718-1 Language: English
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Subject: Political Science --- Social Sciences --- History
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History; Social history; Great Britain—History; Europe—History—1492-; Social policy; Childhood; Adolescence

Harnessing the Power of the Criminal Corpse

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Book Series: Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its Afterlife ISBN: 9783319779089 Year: Pages: 273 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-77908-9 Language: English
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Subject: Science (General) --- Social Sciences --- Sociology --- History
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This open access book is the culmination of many years of research on what happened to the bodies of executed criminals in the past. Focusing on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, it looks at the consequences of the 1752 Murder Act. These criminal bodies had a crucial role in the history of medicine, and the history of crime, and great symbolic resonance in literature and popular culture. Starting with a consideration of the criminal corpse in the medieval and early modern periods, chapters go on to review the histories of criminal justice, of medical history and of gibbeting under the Murder Act, and ends with some discussion of the afterlives of the corpse, in literature, folklore and in contemporary medical ethics. Using sophisticated insights from cultural history, archaeology, literature, philosophy and ethics as well as medical and crime history, this book is a uniquely interdisciplinary take on a fascinating historical phenomenon.

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