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Liquor and the Liberal State

Drink and Order before Prohibition

by (author) Dan Malleck

Publisher
UBC Press
Initial publish date
May 2022
Category
Social History, General, General
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780774867191
    Publish Date
    May 2022
    List Price
    $34.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780774867160
    Publish Date
    May 2022
    List Price
    $89.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780774867177
    Publish Date
    Dec 2022
    List Price
    $34.95

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Cultural pastime, profitable industry, or harmful influence on the nation? Liquor was a tricky issue for municipal, provincial, and federal governments after Confederation. Liquor and the Liberal State traces the Ontario provincial government’s takeover of liquor regulation by in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It explores how notions of individual freedom, equality, and property rights were debated, challenged, and modified in response to an active prohibitionist movement and equally active liquor industry. The drink question became as political as it was moral – a key issue in the establishment of judicial definitions of provincial and federal rights and, ultimately, in the crafting of the modern state.

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Contributor Notes

Dan Malleck is a professor of the history of medicine in the Department of Health Sciences at Brock University and the director of Brock’s Centre for Canadian Studies. His publications include Try to Control Yourself: The Regulation of Public Drinking in Post-Prohibition Ontario, 1927–44, which won a Clio Prize for Ontario history, and When Good Drugs Go Bad: Opium, Medicine, and the Origins of Canada’s Drug Laws.

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