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Forces of Habit

Drugs and the Making of the Modern World

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$31.50 • £25.95 • €28.50

ISBN 9780674010031

Publication Date: 10/30/2002


288 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

25 halftones, 1 table


  • Introduction
  • Part I: The Confluence of Psychoactive Resources
    • 1. The Big Three: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Caffeine
    • 2. The Little Three: Opium, Cannabis, and Coca
    • 3. The Puzzle of Distribution
  • Part II: Drugs and Commerce
    • 4. The Sorcerer’s Apprentices
    • 5. A Trap Baited with Pleasure
    • 6. Escape from Commodity Hell
  • Part III: Drugs and Power
    • 7. Opiates of the People
    • 8. Taxes and Smuggling
    • 9. About-Face: Restriction and Prohibition
    • 10. Licit and Illicit Drugs
  • Bibliographic Note
  • Abbreviations
  • Notes
  • Illustration Credits
  • Index

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