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2015 - Southwestern Social Science Association 95th Annual Meeting Words: 61 words || 
1. Shockley, John. "The 'Ferocious Beast': Absinthe and Moral Panic at the Turn of the Century" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association 95th Annual Meeting, Grand Hyatt Denver, Denver, Colorado, Apr 08, 2015 <Not Available>. 2018-07-15 <>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: In 1905, in Commugny, Switzerland, a farmhand murdered his pregnant wife and two daughters. The murders triggered a moral panic about absinthe, and within the decade a ban on absinthe was established in both France and Switzerland. This paper explores the history of absinthe and absinthism and explains the development of its fearsome reputation in the century before the Commugny Massacre.

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