"Ireland Sober, Ireland Free": Drink and Temperance in Nineteenth-Century Ireland
Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1986. Hardcover. Black cloth boards with silver spine lettering; yellow dj with black lettering and illustration, mylar cover; xii, 363 pp. VG-/VG- (ex-library with labels and stamps on spine, block, inside front and rear covers and title page verso. Light shelfwear but pages are otherwise very clean and clear.). Item #185074
"The liquor industy in nineteenth-century Ireland was a powerful political interest group which early developed a vigorous and effective lobbying technique. In this it was matched, if not outdone, by the temperance movement. From the 1860s until the end of the century, an almost continuous struggle was waged at Westminster as well as in Ireland bhetween the drink and temperance forces. This struggle has considerable implications for political alignments and election results. The first part of this book addresses itself to the soci-economic aspects of the subject, while the second and larger part deals with the political and religious difficulties which it raised."-dj.