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High Society: The Central Role of Mind-Altering Drugs in History, Science, and Culture

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An illustrated cultural history of drug use from its roots in animal intoxication to its future in designer neurochemicals andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; Featuring artwork from the upcoming High Society exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London, one of the worldandrsquo;s greatest medical history collections andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; Explores the roles drugs play in different cultures as medicines, religious sacraments, status symbols, and coveted trade goods andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; Reveals how drugs drove the global trade and cultural exchange that made the modern world andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; Examines the causes of drug prohibitions a century ago and the current andldquo;war on drugsandrdquo; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Every society is a high society. Every day people drink coffee on European terraces and kava in Pacific villages; chew betel nut in Indonesian markets and coca leaf on Andean mountainsides; swallow ecstasy tablets in the clubs of Amsterdam and opium pills in the deserts of Rajastan; smoke hashish in Himalayan temples and tobacco and marijuana in every nation on earth. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Exploring the spectrum of drug use throughout history--from its roots in animal intoxication to its future in designer neurochemicals--andlt;Iandgt;High Societyandlt;/Iandgt; paints vivid portraits of the roles drugs play in different cultures as medicines, religious sacraments, status symbols, and coveted trade goods. From the botanicals of the classical world through the mind-bending self-experiments of 18th- and 19th-century scientists to the synthetic molecules that have transformed our understanding of the brain, Mike Jay reveals how drugs such as tobacco, tea, and opium drove the global trade and cultural exchange that created the modern world and examines the forces that led to the prohibition of opium and cocaine a century ago and the andldquo;war on drugsandrdquo; that rages today.

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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.

About the Author

Mike Jay is a leading specialist in the study of drugs across history and cultures. The author of andlt;Iandgt;Artificial Paradisesandlt;/Iandgt;, andlt;Iandgt;Emperors of Dreamsandlt;/Iandgt;, and andlt;Iandgt;The Atmosphere of Heavenandlt;/Iandgt;, his critical writing on drugs has appeared in many publications, including andlt;Iandgt;The Guardianandlt;/Iandgt;, andlt;Iandgt;The Telegraphandlt;/Iandgt;, and andlt;Iandgt;The International Journal of Drug Policyandlt;/Iandgt;. He sits on the editorial board of the addiction journal andlt;Iandgt;Drugs and Alcohol Todayandlt;/Iandgt; and on the board of the Transform Drug Policy Foundation. He lives in England.

Table of Contents

andlt;Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Foreword andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;A Universal Impulseandlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;High Societies - The Evolution of Drugs - Animal Intoxication - Drugs and Shamanism - Drugs and Culture - The Culture of Kava - The Culture of Betel - Drug Prohibitions - Drug Subcultures - The Cultures of Ecstasy andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;From Apothecary to Laboratoryandlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;What Is a Drug? - Drugs in Antiquity - Renaissance Herbals - 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 andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;The Drugs Tradeandlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;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 andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Notes and Further Reading andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Acknowledgments andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Picture Credits andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Indexandlt;/Bandgt;

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594773938
Author:
Jay, Mike
Publisher:
Park Street Press
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
PLANTS;SOCIAL SCIENCE;VISIONARY PLANTS;POPULAR CULTURE;CIVILIZATIONS;HISTORY;ENTHEOGEN;CULTURAL
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
150 color and bandamp;w illustrations
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.75 x 0.7 in 22.715 oz

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