*Creating Wine: The Emergence of a World Industry, 1840-1914*

That is the new book by James Simpson, home page here, with free chapter one.  Excerpt:

In Britain, taxes on all types of alcohol contributed 36 percent of national revenue in 1898-99, but they were also 19 percent in France (1898), 18 percent in Germany (1897-98), and 28 percent in the United States (1897-98).

Anyone interested in the economic history of wine and drink should read this book; you may already know John Nye’s War, Wine, and Taxes.


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