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Jay, Mike 1959 December 14-

Works: 16 works in 88 publications in 2 languages and 2,239 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Case studies  Exhibition catalogs 
Roles: Author
Classifications: RC464.M379, 616.890092
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Mike Jay
High society : the central role of mind-altering drugs in history, science and culture by Mike Jay( Book )

18 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An illustrated cultural history of drug use from its roots in animal intoxication to its future in designer neurochemicals"--Provided by publisher
The Air Loom gang : the strange and true story of James Tilly Matthews and his visionary madness by Mike Jay( Book )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"London, the 1790s. Europe is in turmoil, and mysterious forces seem to be edging England into a disastrous war with France. Not quite at the center of the political maelstrom is James Tilly Matthews, a Welsh tea merchant and antiwar activist who holds covert meetings with the leaders of both countries. But Matthews also believes his mind is being controlled by a gang of revolutionary terrorists and their diabolical secret machine: the Air Loom." "The only person aware of the Air Loom's existence, Matthews is promptly declared mad and exiled to Bedlam, the world's most notorious madhouse, where he is held against his will for the rest of his life. At Bedlam his "delusions" are celebrated as the most complex and bizarre ever recorded. He remains one of the most famous cases in psychiatric history - the first man to believe his mind was being controlled by a machine. The truth of his case, however, was even stranger than his doctors realized: many of the incredible political episodes in which he claimed to have been involved were entirely real."--Jacket
The atmosphere of heaven : the unnatural experiments of Dr. Beddoes and his sons of genius by Mike Jay( Book )

7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This riveting book is the first to tell the story of Dr. Beddoes and the brilliant circle who surrounded him: Erasmus Darwin, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Robert Southey, who supported his ideas; James Watt, who designed and built his laboratory; Thomas Wedgwood, who funded it; and the dazzling young chemistry assistant, Humphry Davy, who identified nitrous oxide and tested it on himself, with spectacular results. Medical historian Mike Jay charts the chaotic rise and fall of the institution in this fast-paced account, and reveals its crucial influence on modern drug culture, attitudes toward objective and subjective knowledge, the development of anesthetic surgery, and the birth of the Romantic movement
The unfortunate Colonel Despard by Mike Jay( Book )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Beautifully crafted and as thrilling as any novel, this is the extraordinary story of a classic British hero who was executed as Britain's "first terrorist." Colonel Edward Despard was the last person in Britain to be sentenced to hanging, drawing, and quartering for high treason. At his execution in 1803, 20,000 citizens looked on silently. Few of them believed he was guilty. He had fought in Nicaragua alongside Horatio Nelson in one of the most hellish jungle campaigns in the history of warfare. While in command of the British settlement of Belize, he married a black woman and staked his reputation on granting equal rights to freed slaves. Summoned to London to explain himself, and finding his career put on hold, he joined the revolutionary underground. Despard's personal drama unfolds against a backdrop of voodoo slave revolts and naval mutinies, the French Revolution and the Irish Rebellion. His fate was the sensational climax to a British revolution that never happened--but it also presaged the birth of modern democracy" -- publisher website (February 2007)
1900 : a fin-de-siècle reader( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Artificial paradises : a drugs reader( Book )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This sensational anthology features a rich tapestry of voices exploring the powerful role that mind-altering drugs have played throughout history. It brings together a multiplicity of voices to explore the presence -- both secret and public -- of drugs in the overlapping dialogues of science and religion, pleasure and madness, individualism and social control. Featuring writings by William Burroughs, Hunter S. Thompson, Aldous Huxley, Alice B. Toklas, Charles Baudelaire, Sigmund Freud, and an array of other seekers, Artificial Paradises locates the origins, busts the myths, examines the scientific studies, and embraces the controversy surrounding drugs, offering an honest, if not psychedelic, portrait of the lives and minds of those who have used them
Emperors of dreams : drugs in the nineteenth century by Mike Jay( Book )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History of drugs and how in the space of 100 years they went from being legal to bbecoming illegal
Medical London : city of diseases, city of cures by Richard Barnett( Book )

29 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From psychopaths to homeopaths, from bodysnatchers to Bohemians, this set covers the roles played by diseases, treatments and cures in London's sprawling history. Includes a book of essays, 6 individual walking tour maps, and a gazetteer
High Society : eine Kulturgeschichte der Drogen by Mike Jay( Book )

4 editions published in 2011 in German and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jede Gesellschaft hat ihre Drogen. Dabei ist das Angebot so vielfältig wie die Kulturen dieser Welt: von "Alltagsdrogen" wie Kaffee, Tee, Kakao und Alkohol bis zu hierzulande illegalen Drogen wie Kokain oder Ecstasy. Konsumiert wird rund um den Globus: In den Nachtklubs von Thailand wird ya'aba geraucht, Haschisch in den Tempeln im Himalaya, und Tabak fast überall. Auf indonesischen Märkten wird Betel gekauft und gekaut, in den Anden genießt man Kokablätter, in den Wüsten von Rajasthan Opiumpillen, und in den australischen Slums betäuben sich die Aborigines mit Benzoldämpfen. Mike Jay erkundet das ganze Spektrum bewusstseinsverändernder Substanzen und verfolgt deren geschichtliche Entwicklung. Der renommierte Kulturhistoriker zeichnet ein lebendiges Porträt der höchst unterschiedlichen Rollen, die Drogen als Arznei, als rituelles Stimulans, als Statussymbol oder begehrte Handelsware spielen. Er verfolgt ihre Geschichte von den botanischen Forschungen der antiken Welt über die oft riskanten Selbstversuche früher Wissenschaftler bis zum gegenwärtigen Krieg gegen Drogen. Dabei zeigt er auch, auf welche Weise der internationale Handel mit Substanzen wie Tabak, Tee und Opium die moderne Welt geprägt und verändert hat
A visionary madness : the case of James Tilly Matthews and the influencing machine by Mike Jay( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Blue tide : the search for soma by Mike Jay( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The influencing machine : James Tilly Matthews and the air loom by Mike Jay( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After the war on drugs : options for control by Steve Rolles( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The atmosphere of heaven : the unnatural experiments of Dr. Beddoes and his sons of genius
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Jay, Mike, 1959 Dec. 14-

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German (4)

The Air Loom gang : the strange and true story of James Tilly Matthews and his visionary madnessThe atmosphere of heaven : the unnatural experiments of Dr. Beddoes and his sons of geniusThe unfortunate Colonel Despard1900 : a fin-de-siècle readerArtificial paradises : a drugs readerEmperors of dreams : drugs in the nineteenth centuryMedical London : city of diseases, city of curesBlue tide : the search for soma