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Essential substances : a cultural history of intoxicants in society

Author: Richard Rudgley
Publisher: New York : Kodansha International, 1993.
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From opium in Stone Age caves to crack on our own streets, intoxicants have always played a deeply significant role in society. In this entertaining and provocative look at the uses and abuses of mind-altering drugs through history, Richard Rudgley shows how our attitudes toward these substances have been shaped by cultural values, and how our own use of intoxicants like alcohol, coffee, tea, and tobacco is an

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Genre/Form: Cross-cultural studies
Études transculturelles
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rudgley, Richard, 1961-
Essential substances.
New York : Kodansha International, 1993
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Rudgley
ISBN: 1568360754 9781568360751 1568360169 9781568360164
OCLC Number: 29668965
Notes: Originally published: The alchemy of culture : intoxicants in society. Great Britain : British Museum Press, 1993.
Description: ix, 195 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Stone age alchemy --
Frozen tombs and fly-agaric men --
The mystery of Haoma --
American dreams --
The alchemists of Afek --
Lucifer's garden --
Stimulating society.
Responsibility: Richard Rudgley.


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