What did Samuel Johnson, James Boswell, Dorothy Wordsworth, James Hogg and Robert Southey have in common? They all toured Scotland and left accounts of their experiences in Scottish inns, ale houses, taverns and hotels. Similarly, poets and writers from Robert Burns and Walter Scott to Ian Rankin and Irvine Welsh have left vivid descriptions of the pleasures and pains of Scottish drinking places. Pubs also provided public spaces for occupational groups to meet, for commercial transactions, for literary and cultural activities and for everyday life and work rituals such as births, marriages and deaths and events linked with the agricultural year. These and other historical issues such as temperance, together with contemporary issues, like the liberalization of licensing laws and the changing nature of Scottish pubs, are discussed in this fascinating book. The book is bought up to the present day by a case study of present day licensees, based on interviews with a range of licensees across Scotland, looking at their experience of the trade and how it has changed in their working lives. ; This book examines continuity and change in the functions of Scottish drinking places. ; Acknowledgements; List of tables; List of illustrations; List of abbreviations; Chapter 1 - Introduction; Chapter 2 - ‘Bousing at the nappy’ – Scottish pubs and changing drinking patterns, 1700-1790; Chapter 3 - ‘Politeness and agreeable conviviality’ – Scottish Pubs and Increasing Social Segregation, 1790-1830; Chapter 4 - ‘People’s Palaces’ – Urbanisation, temperance and responses, 1830-1914; Chapter 5 - ‘Serious Attacks on the Trade’ - The Two World Wars and the Inter-War Period, 1914-1945; Chapter 6 - ‘A place of rules and rituals’ – Austerity and Regulation, Liberalisation and Change, 1945 to the Present; Conclusion; Appendix 1; Appendix 2; Appendix 3; Bibliography; Index.
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'Despite the difficult relationship between Scotland and alcohol, Scottish historians have largely ignored what has gone on in pubs, Anthony Cooke has put this right with a splendid book that seeks to relate pubs, drinking and temperance to the main themes of modern Scottish history. The book displays a profound knowledge of its subject and the experience of reading it is as satisfying as consuming a pint of cask-conditioned IPA!'
- Ewen Cameron, University of Edinburgh
Anthony Cooke is a retired Senior Lecturer in Continuing Education at Dundee University. His most recent book was The Rise and Fall of the Scottish Cotton Industry, 1778-1914, (Manchester University Press, 2010) and he has contributed many articles to journals such as the Journal of Scottish Historical Studies. He was also an editor on the five volume series, Modern Scottish History: 1707 to the Present, (Tuckwell Press, East Linton, 1998). From the APF: I am a retired Senior Lecturer in Continuing Education from Dundee University and was Historical Consultant to Historic Scotland on the restoration of Stanley Mills, Perthshire. I have published books and articles on the Scottish cotton industry, on Glasgow West India merchants and on popular enlightenment. I co-edited the five volume series Modern Scottish History. 1707 to the Present (1998), published for the Dundee University/Open University distance learning course.