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A Brock prof’s book examining how the Ontario government dealt with the regulation of alcohol and public drinking in the province in the post-prohibition ‘20s and ‘30s has received national accolades from the Canadian Historical Association (CHA).
Dan Malleck’s Try to Control Yourself: The Regulation of Public Drinking in Post-Prohibition Ontario, 1927-44 (UBC Press) was recognized this past June with a CHA Clio Award for the best book of Ontario history for 2012.
The Clio awards are presented to historians for commendable publications or exceptional contributions to regional history in six areas: Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, The Prairies, British Columbia, and The North.
Malleck’s book, which looks at how the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) implemented a new set of behavioural norms for public drinking in post-prohibition Ontario, was recognized for its in-depth social history of alcohol as well as its attention to the history of state formation. The work navigates a demanding research topic by tracing its relations to overarching social themes, such as political patronage, race, ethnicity, family, security, and the Second World War.
“I tried to address what I saw as bigger questions around that time period,” says Malleck, associate professor, Community Health Sciences. “Liquor regulation touched everyone, so it reached into these different fields.”