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The Oxford Handbook of Global Drug History

The Oxford Handbook of Global Drug History

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Drugs and their illicit use have long fascinated writers and the public at large. Informed by new interdisciplinary perspectives, a growing number of academically trained historians are now approaching drugs as a wide-open topic for serious research. This Handbook of Global Drug History is the first major attempt by historians of drugs to take stock of the recent progress and directions of this field, utilizing both a global scope and long-term historical perspective.Thirty-five original essays simultaneously survey what is known historically about drugs across the world (in Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa) as well as illustrating their historical interconnections. The use of drugs in human culture goes back millennia with as many unique histories as cultures in which drugs were used. In the early modern world, human relationships with drugs changed, and drugs connected societies through transnational trade. In the nineteenth century, these diverse histories converge in defining the modern “pariah drugs” (among them alcohol, opium, and indigenous hallucinogens) and paved the way for the dramatic twentieth-century rise of both illicit drugs(such as cannabis, heroin, and cocaine) and global prohibitions. Now, in the twenty-first century, we see emerging possibilities for rethinking the global social, health, and policy approaches to drug trafficking and use.
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  • Acknowledgements; Introduction:: A New Global History of Drugs, Paul Gootenberg; Part I. Ancient Drug Worlds; 1. Africa:: The Forgotten Drug Continent, Neil Carrier; 2. Psychoactive Drugs in European Prehistory, Elisa Guerra-Doce; 3. Plant Drugs and Shamanism in the Americas, Henrique S. Carneiro; 4. Ancient American Civilizations, States, and Drugs, Stacey Schwartzkopf; 5. Soma and Drug History in Ancient Asia, Davide Torri; Part II. Precolonial to Colonial Drug Trades and Cultures; 6. The New Imperial Drug Trades, 1500-1800, Benjamin Breen; 7. Tobaccos Cultural Shifts as an Early Atlantic Drug, Marcy Norton; 8. Forbidden Drugs of the Colonial Americas, Martin Nesvig; 9. Mind-Altering Drugs in Premodern India, James McHugh; 10. Drugs in Africa from the Slave Trade to Colonialism, Charles Ambler ; Part III. The Nineteenth-Century Transition to Dangerous Drugs; 11. Dangerous Drugs from Habit to Addiction, Timothy Hickman; 12. Middle East Drug Cultures in the Long View, Haggai Ram; 13. Colonialism, Consumption, and Drug Control in Asia, James H. Mills; 14. The Cultural Biography of Opium in China, Yangwen Zheng; 15. French Drug Control from Poison to Degeneration, Sara Black; Part IV. Modern Prohibitions and its Drug Culture Aftermaths; 16. The Creation and Impact of Global Drug Prohibitions, David Bewley-Taylor; 17. Origins and Outcomes of a US Medicine-Drug Divide, David Herzberg; 18. Interwar Drug Scenes and Restrictive Regulation in Britain, Christopher Hallam; 19. The Making of Pariah Drugs in Latin America, Isaac Campos; 20. Modern Russian and Soviet Drug Suppression, Pavel Vasilyev; 21. Germanys Role in the Modern Global Drug Economy, Robert Stephens; 22. Drugs, Nation, and Empire in Japan, 1890s-1950s, Miriam Kingsberg-Kadia ; Part V. Illicit Drugs Traffic and the Modern War on Drugs ; 1-The Global North. The United States and Europe; 23. The Globalization of US Drug Enforcement, Mathew R. Pembleton; 24. Illicit Drug Cultures in the Postwar United States, Nancy D. Campbell; 25. The Impact of the US Drug War on People of Color, Samuel K. Roberts ; 26. The French Connection as an Illicit Trade Network, Alexandre Marchant ; 2-The Global South. Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa ; 27. Latin American and Caribbean Drug Trafficking Groups, Enrique Desmond Arias ; 28. Turkey and the Formation of the Global Heroin Trade, Ryan Gingeras; 29. Deorientalizing Drugs in the Modern Middle East, Maziyar Ghiabi ; 30. The Origins of Drug Trafficking Networks in China, Kathryn Meyer; 31. The Post-1950s Rise of Illegal Opium in Asia, Pierre-Arnaud Chouvy ; 32. West Africa and the Modern Global Drug Trades, Gernot Klantschnig ; Part VI. Current Dilemmas with Global Illicit Drugs ; 33.Twenty-First Century Global Drug Trades and Consumption, James Tharin Bradford; 34. Global Drug Debates in the Twenty-First Century, Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch and Summer Walker; 35. Drugs. Lessons from History?, Virginia Berridge ; Contributors;
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