- Extensive list of sources and literature
- hard cover
The Purity Law, the oldest consumer protection law, is on the one hand a highly valued cultural asset, but on the other hand it led to a legal dispute between the Federal Republic of Germany and the EC before the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg in the 1980s.
Karin Hackel-Stehr took this as an opportunity to examine the background to the creation of the Purity Law in her dissertation. By studying sources, she makes the motivation of the Bavarian dukes transparent and outlines the development of Bavarian brewing against the background of late medieval and early modern economic and commercial conditions.
The work was produced with the support of the Society for the History and Bibliography of Brewing and the Society for Public Relations of the German Brewers' Association.
Dr Karin Hackel-Stehr is a historian.