Global Temperance and the Balkans

American Missionaries, Swiss Scientists and Bulgarian Socialists, 1870–1940

  • Nikolay Kamenov

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Nikolay Kamenov
    Pages 135-160
  3. Nikolay Kamenov
    Pages 161-194
  4. Nikolay Kamenov
    Pages 213-217
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 219-223

About this book


This book examines the local manifestation of the global temperance movement in the Balkans. It argues that regional histories of social movements in the modern period could not be sufficiently understood in isolation. Moreover, the book argues that broad transformations of social movements – for example, the power centers associated with moral/religious temperance and the later, scientifically based anti-alcohol campaigns – are more easily identifiable through a detailed regional study. For this purpose, the book begins by sketching the historical development as well as the main historiographical themes surrounding the worldwide temperance movement. The book then zooms in on the movement in the Balkans and Bulgaria in particular. American missionaries founded the temperance movement in the closing decades of the nineteenth century. The interwar period, however, witnessed the proliferation of new, professional organizations. The book discusses the various branches as well as their international and political affiliations, showing that the anti-alcohol reform movement was one of the most important social movements in the region.


Alcohol Drinking Bulgaria Missionaries Social hygiene Political activism Nationalism International networks Psychoactive Drugs Modern societies

Authors and affiliations

  • Nikolay Kamenov
    • 1
  1. 1.The Graduate Institute GenevaGenèveSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

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  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-41643-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-41644-7
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