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The pursuit of oblivion : a global history of narcotics, 1500-2000

The pursuit of oblivion : a global history of narcotics, 1500-2000

Author: R P T Davenport-Hines
Publisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Although serious in purpose, The Pursuit of Oblivion contains a dazzling array of strange, amusing and macabre stories. It reveals the intimate drug habits of Sir Christopher Wren, Sir Walter Scott, Dickens, Gladstone, Freud, George IV, Queen Victoria, Marilyn Monroe, John Kenneth Galbraith, W.H. Auden and Anthony Eden (to name just a few); the role of enterprises such as the East India Company, Jardine-Matheson  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: R P T Davenport-Hines
ISBN: 0297643754 9780297643753
OCLC Number: 46693784
Description: xiv, 466 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Early history --
Opium during the Enlightenment --
The patent age of new inventions --
Nerves, needles and Victorian doctors --
Chemistry --
Degeneration --
The dawn of prohibition --
Law-breaking --
Trafficking --
The age of anxiety --
The first drugs Czar --
British drugs scenes --
Presidential drugs wars --
So passe.
Other Titles: Global history of narcotics, 1500-2000
Responsibility: Richard Davenport-Hines.
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A history of narcotics and illicit stimulants. Drawing on a wide array of sources, the book shows how narcotics such as opium, morphine, cannabis, heroine, cocaine, amphetamine, LSD and ecstasy came  Read more...


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