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The brewing industry in England revisited

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Based on joint work with Richard Unger on a comparative history of British and Dutch brewing, this paper re-examines the trajectory of the English brewing industry in the late 17th and early 18th centuries against the experience of Dutch brewing. Particular emphasis is paid to how the London Company of Brewers lobbied the excise and how the advent of duties on malt and later hops affected the structure of the industry, especially since the wardens’ accounts of the London Company of Brewers shed light on these efforts. Fifty-five years after the publication of Peter Mathias’ seminal work, the paper ends by reflecting on why his account remains such an important study.

This talk is part of the Early Modern Economic and Social History Seminars series.

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