Profile: Beat Kümin

Professor and Author

Beat Kümin is Professor of Early Modern European History at the University of Warwick and the author of Drinking Matters: Public Houses and Social Exchange in Early Modern Central Europe, published by Palgrave in 2007. He is also a founding member of the Warwick Drinking Studies Network.
Having studied History and English at the University of Bern, Beat conducted doctoral research on 'The Late Medieval English Parish' at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and as a Research Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge, he served as Director of Studies in History in 1996.
After a return to Bern - to pursue a Swiss National Science Foundation project on early modern public houses and to act as historian Peter Blickle's assistant - he joined Warwick's History Department in January 2001. Since then, he has obtained a second doctorate (Habilitation in early modern history; Bern 2005), held a guest lectureship at Bielefeld University (2011-12) and spent six months as a Senior Fellow at the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg in Greifswald (2012-13; reflected in the blog Greifswald Glosses). In February 2014, he became Director of Warwick's Centre for the Study of the Renaissance.

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Are We Drinking More Than Our Ancestors?

Autumn is awash with alcohol, and not just because of the new vintage. Oktoberfest plays a part, too, the 16-day festival in Munich that we associate with massive beer mugs and plenty of debauchery. Its success has prompted copycat events around the world, from London to Ontario, Glasgow to Cincinnati. Such indulgence adds further fuel to the fear that we’re getting drunker than ever. But are we?

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