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Exploring the spectrum of drug use throughout history, High Society paints vivid portraits of the roles drugs play in different cultures as medicines, religious sacraments, status symbols, and trade goods. Includes 150 illustrations.
Mike Jay is a leading specialist in the study of drugs across history and cultures. The author of Artificial Paradises, Emperors of Dreams, and The Atmosphere of Heaven, his critical writing on drugs has appeared in many publications, including The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The International Journal of Drug Policy. He sits on the editorial board of the addiction journal Drugs and Alcohol Today and on the board of the Transform Drug Policy Foundation. He lives in England.
Table of Contents
|A Universal Impulse||p. 8|
|The Evolution of Drugs|
|Drugs and Shamanism|
|Drugs and Culture|
|The Culture of Kava|
|The Culture of Betel|
|The Cultures of Ecstasy|
|From Apothecary to Laboratory||p. 48|
|Drugs in Antiquity|
|Witches and Flying Ointments|
|The Invention of Laudanum|
|Linnaeus and the Enlightenment|
|The First Synthetic Drugs|
|Opium and the Romantics|
|The Club des Haschischins|
|Freud and Cocaine|
|Addiction and Drug Control|
|Mescaline, LSD and Beyond|
|Drugs of the Future|
|The Drugs Trade||p. 108|
|Drugs of the New World|
|The Psychoactive Revolution|
|Tobacco in China, Tea in Europe|
|The Opium Wars|
|The Anti-Opium campaign|
|Temperance and Prohibition The'War on Drugs'|
|Epilogue: The Decline of Tobacco|
|Notes and further Reading||p. 174|
|Picture Credits||p. 187|
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