Forces of Habit: Drugs and the Making of the Modern World

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - History - 288 pages
A global history of the acquisition of progressively more potent means of altering ordinary waking consciousness, this book is the first to provide the big picture of the discovery, interchange, and exploitation of the planet's psychoactive resources, from tea and kola to opiates and amphetamines.
 

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Historian Courtwright (Violent Land) ranges widely across more than four centuries and the world to chart the "psychoactive revolution" that made ever more potent drugs available to all classes of ... Read full review

Contents

Drugs and Commerce
67
Drugs and Power
133
Bibliographic Note
211
Abbreviations
215
Notes
217
Illustration Credits
263
Index
265
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David T. Courtwright is John A. Delaney Presidential Professor at the University of North Florida.

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