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Looking through a Glass of Beer: Alcohol in the Cultural Spaces of Colonial Douala, 1910-1945

(Monday, December 31, 2001) Monday, December 31, 2001

The pivotal role played by alcohol in the European colonization of Africa has been addressed by many scholars.' The trade in alcohol, local consumption, and Euro- pean attempts at regulating both have served historians as a lens for examining the dynamics of colonial rule throughout the continent. Studies have shown that most colonial regimes in Africa made some considerable effort to control the local popu- lation's access to alcohol, as well as their consumption.

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