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Pursuit of Oblivion: A Global History of Narcotics: 1500-2000
Pursuit of Oblivion: A Global History of Narcotics: 1500-2000
Our Price: $30.00
Year: 2002
Pages: 576
Binding Hardcover
ISBN 393051897

Product Code: 756781396

Richard Davenport-Hines (au). Examines how licit medicines developed into the commodity of a huge illicit bus. Illustrates that intoxication is neither unnatural nor deviant, & describes how for thousands of years human beings have taken substances to change their physical or emotional state. Drug use is a necessary part of human exper., recounting how many drugs that are controlled or prohibited today were freely available until the early 20th cent. Fueled by class antagonisms, fear of crime, & naive idealism, the U.S. govít. took the global initiative in the drug wars, & launched a forceful -- but counterproductive -- prohibition policy to which the European powers conformed. Will force us to reconsider many of our views on a controversial subject of global importance. Illus.

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