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Imperial Intoxication: Alcohol and the Making of Colonial Indochina

Gerard Sasges


Beginning in 1897 the French state monopolized the production and sale of rice liquor in Indochina. The result was one of the colonial era’s defining institutions, with French-owned factories churning out tasteless ethanol and the state’s largest civilian branch, the Department of Customs and Monopolies, using draconian means to encourage consumption and stamp out illegal competition. The monopoly not only failed to generate appreciable net revenue for the state, but also it placed millions of Indochinese in a stance of resistance to its rule as they continued to make and drink liquor as they ... More

Keywords: Indochina, Vietnam, Colonialism, Economy, Technology, monopoly

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780824866884
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824866884.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gerard Sasges, author
National University of Singapore