Your theses on general insights to be gained from the materials studied in this module, e.g. with regard to:
- The role of public houses in early modern society;
- Range and characteristics of primary sources;
- Regional and confessional varieties;
- Change over time;
- Potential to illuminate 'larger' debates in early modern history (such as state building, confessionalization, social polarization, civilizing process, modernization, secularization, consumer / communication revolutions ...).
Food for thought
- Andrew Anthony, 'In search of the perfect pub', The Observer (30 June 2019), 19-21
- Public houses join palaces and churches on the UK's register of listed historic buildings (BBC website, 7 February 2020)
- 'Lessons to be learned from the past' - how pubs coped with 20thC crises, The Morning Advertiser (2 May 2020)
Suggested Further Reading [bibliography]
- Blocker, Jack S. Jr, ‘Drinking in the United States: A kaleidoscope in motion 1600-2000’, in: M. Holt (ed.), Alcohol: A Social and Cultural History (2006), 225-40
- Brennan, Thomas, Public Drinking and Popular Culture in Eighteenth-Century Paris (Princeton, 1988) [HF 2322.B7], ‘Conclusion’
- Clark, Peter, The English Alehouse. A Social History 1200-1830 (London, New York, 1983) [GT 3843.C5], ch. 14
- Kümin, Beat, Drinking Matters: Public Houses and Social Exchange in Early Modern Central Europe (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007), ‘Conclusions’
- Roberts, Julia, In Mixed Company: Taverns and Public Life in Upper Canada (Vancouver, 2008) [review on H-Canada]
- Tlusty, B. Ann., Bacchus and Civic Order: The Culture of Drink in Early Modern Germany (Charlottesville: U. of Virginia Press, 2001) [GT 2883.G3], ‘Conclusion'
The Mill & Plough alehouse, operating in a 15thC tithe barn at Claydon (Oxon) around 1800, later became the village's vicarage and is now a private home. Pic: BK.
The Riesen (Giant) inn at Miltenberg in Germany hosted emperors in the Middle Ages and continues to serve patrons today. Homepage.