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Last Orders: A Social History Of Drinking [Kindle Edition]

History Today
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Politicians fretting about the effects of our drinking habits on the nation’s health is nothing new. In this informative, entertaining and not-at-all sobering look at the social history of booze, you’ll read about the irresistible rise of gin in Georgian Britain, why wine supped in the Middle Ages would have horrified the modern palate and how women carved out their own space in the saloons of America.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 176 KB
  • Print Length: 78 pages
  • Publisher: History Today Ltd (30 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007688IL2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #183,696 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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History Today is the UK's oldest and most respected history magazine, bringing the best in historical writing and research to a wide audience. The magazine created the concept of popular history, mixing styles, genres and periods to achieve a fusion of intellectual excitement and readability.

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3.0 out of 5 stars LAST ORDERS PLEASE! 17 Feb 2014
By Dee
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Interesting read, as a nation we appear to have a long association with alcohol , good for the exchequer not so for society!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I now know literary perfection 24 Feb 2012
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I was somewhat hesitant to read this title. The national press continuously tells me that we are a nation of irresponsible, uncouth binge drinkers and up to now I have agreed. Hence why for the past 8 years I have lived a straight-edge life in middle-class suburbia. Rather than drink with my friends on a Saturday night, I enjoy a cheeky little cheese board whilst watching reruns of Poirot. That was, in the past, the life for me.

However, that all changed the day I picked up a copy of Last Orders: A Social History Of Drinking.

Getting intoxicated it seems is as British as the monarchy! We've been necking (youngsters on The Face Books told me that was the correct terminology)galleons of wine, ale and gin since the delightful days of medieval warfare, when a man could slaughter a village of plebs and it was not considered immoral.

We should embrace the strange, bizarre and often irresponsible drinking cultures that exist on our tiny island! I certainly have begun to enjoy the odd alcoholic beverage since reading this book. In fact, I'm currently intoxicated on something called "Wicked"!
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