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Forces of habit : drugs and the making of the modern world

Author: David T Courtwright
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st Harvard University Press pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Offering a social and biological account of why psychoactive goods proved so seductive, David Courtwright tracks the intersecting paths by which popular drugs entered the stream of global commerce. He shows how the efforts of merchants and colonial planters expanded world supply, drove down prices, and drew millions of less affluent purchasers into the market, effectively democratizing drug consumption. He also  Read more...
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Courtwright, David T., 1952-
Forces of habit.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2002
(DLC) 00061466
(OCoLC)56619748
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David T Courtwright
ISBN: 9780674029903 0674029909
OCLC Number: 435532612
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 277 pages) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Introduction : The psychoactive revolution --
The big three : alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine --
The little three : opium, cannabis, and coca --
The puzzle of distribution --
The sorcerer's apprentices --
A trap baited with pleasure --
Escape from commodity hell --
Opiates of the people --
Taxes and smuggling --
About-face : restriction and prohibition --
Licit and illicit drugs.
Responsibility: David T. Courtwright.

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Offering a social and biological account of why psychoactive goods proved so seductive, David Courtwright tracks the intersecting paths by which popular drugs entered the stream of global commerce. He shows how the efforts of merchants and colonial planters expanded world supply, drove down prices, and drew millions of less affluent purchasers into the market, effectively democratizing drug consumption. He also shows how Europeans used alcohol as an inducement for native peoples to trade their furs, sell captives into slavery, and negotiate away their lands, and how monarchs taxed drugs to finance their wars and expanding empires. Forces of habit explains why such profitable exploitation has increasingly given way, over the last hundred years, to policies of restriction and prohibition--and how economic and cultural considerations have shaped those policies to determine which drugs are readily accessible, which strictly medicinal, and which forbidden altogether.

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