Spaces of Intemperance & the British Raj 1860–1920

  title={Spaces of Intemperance \& the British Raj 1860–1920},
  author={Sam Goodman},
  journal={The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History},
  pages={591 - 618}
  • S. Goodman
  • Published 8 April 2020
  • History
  • The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History
ABSTRACT The history of the British Empire in India is one awash with alcohol. Drinking was a common practice throughout colonial society, acting as social necessity and source of a public anxiety. However, rather than only acknowledging what and why individuals in colonial India drank, it is of equal importance to consider where they did so. Despite its ubiquity, alcohol consumption in India was responsive to the dynamics of space and place, and both the habits of drinkers and the social… 
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