Drinking lubricated all kinds of social interaction in pre-modern Europe. From baptisms to funerals and village feasts to diplomatic encounters, no exchange or agreement was complete without raising a cup of beer, wine or spirits. But what were the settings, rules and perceptions of this ubiquitous practice? How socially inclusive was early modern conviviality? Did processes like confessionalization and social disciplining change it over time? Can drinking studies shed new light on the political, economic, religious and cultural history of the period? This "Kompaktkurs" reviews a lively new field of scholarship with a special emphasis on England, the Holy Roman Empire and the Swiss Confederation between c. 1400-1800. Prominent themes include consumption, intoxication, gender roles, regulation/taxation, crime, sexuality, subversion and cultural representations. Classes (in English) will offer a combination of source work, student presentations and discussion of related historiographical debates.
Introductory reading: B. Kümin and B.A. Tlusty (eds), The World of the Tavern: Public Houses in Early Modern Europe (Aldershot, 2002); P. Withington, ‘Intoxicants and society in early modern England’, in: The Historical Journal 54 (2011), 631-657