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University of Iowa

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A World Without Drink: Temperance In Modern India, 1880-1940, Robert Eric Colvard May 2013

A World Without Drink: Temperance In Modern India, 1880-1940, Robert Eric Colvard

Theses and Dissertations

The histories of nationalism and temperance in India were closely intertwined from their very inceptions. While the former is the topic of frequent study, the latter has rarely been examined--in fact, Indian temperance is often taken as an axiom. My dissertation argues that the Indian temperance movement, like the nation, was a timely innovation. It explains the specific history of why and how temperance activism came to be an important facet of the struggle for Indian independence. It will also show how this close relationship played out globally, when Indians exported nationalist sentiments abroad and when the cause of Indian ...