Readers interested in British social history will find much to intrigue them in Intoxicants & Early Modernity: England, 1580-1740. This research project explores the significance of intoxicants such as tobacco (which was introduced to England in the 1570s) as well as alcohol, coffee, tea, and opium to "the economic, social, political, material, and cultural life of England between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries." Readers will find a well-organized site showcasing the project's five research themes, as well as links to publications that have come from this research. This project also features a link to their database (currently in beta), where readers may browse or search through the project's myriad sources, such as port books and depositions, and also explore information on relevant people, places, and nearly two hundred different intoxicants. Begun in 2013, Intoxicants & Early Modernity is a collaboration between the University of Sheffield and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Phil Withington, Professor of Social and Cultural History at the University of Sheffield, is the project's principal investigator.
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