Alcohol and Drugs History Society 3
Emine Onhan Evered, Michigan State University
Viewed from alternative and non-Western perspectives, there was great diversity in the many world regional manifestations of this generalized story—along with many departures. Indeed, a globalized historical account of alcohol and anti-alcohol initiatives necessitates more contributions both from and on regions with connections to international activism; places that are otherwise rarely associated with temperance—or even drinking, for that matter. Such histories shed new light on the global movement's entanglements with broader social reform and political projects, including Western imperialism. Moreover, they help to dispel the stereotypes that prohibitionists often propagated upon their returns to Britain or the United States (e.g., the fallacy that "Muslims don’t drink"). Though religious and cultural contexts were disparate, continuities in the global influence of modernist public health reformers meant that many societies experienced comparable dalliances with not only temperance but also scientifically rationalized prohibitionism. Bringing together examples and analyses of actors and institutions imposing religious and medical pressures on non-Western societies (i.e., Indian, Bulgarian, and Turkish) to oppose alcohol and its consumption initiates comparative scholarship on these typically overlooked dimensions of temperance and anti-alcoholism.