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A clear-eyed look at the instrumental role drugs have played in our cultural, social, and spiritual development. 

• First American publication of the surprising European bestseller. 

• Examines everything from the ancient use of ergot and datura to the modern phenomenon of  "designer" drugs such as Ecstasy and crack cocaine. 

From remotest antiquity to the present era of designer drugs and interdiction, drugs have played a prominent role in the cultural, spiritual, and social development of civilizations. Antonio Escohotado demonstrates how the history of drugs illuminates the history of humanity as he explores the long relationship between mankind and mind-altering substances. Hemp, for example, has been used in India since time immemorial to stimulate mental agility and sexual prowess. Aristotle's disciple Theophrastus testifies to the use of datura by the ancient Greeks and further evidence links the rites at Eleusis to the ingestion of a hallucinogen. Similar examples can be found in cultures as diverse as the Celts, the ancient Egyptians, the Aztecs, and other indigenous peoples around the world. 

Professor Escohotado also looks at the present-day differences that exist between the more drug-tolerant societies like Holland and Switzerland and countries advocating complete repression of these substances. The author provides a comprehensive analysis of the enormous social costs of the drug war that is coming under increasing fire from all levels of society. Professor Escohotado's work demonstrates that drugs have always existed and been used by societies throughout the world and the contribution they have made to humanity's development has been enormous. The choice we face today is to teach people how to use them correctly or to continue to indiscriminately demonize them. "Just say no," the author says, is not an option. Just say "know" is. 

Antonio Escohotado is a professor of philosophy and social science methodology at the National University of Distance Education in Madrid, Spain. He travels widely, offering lectures and seminars on the subject of drugs and history. 

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This fascinating book examines the instrumental role drugs have played in our cultural, social, and spiritual development from antiquity to the present.

Synopsis:

In this first American publication of the European bestseller, Escohotado offers a clear-eyed look at the instrumental role drugs have played in our cultural, social, and spiritual development.

About the Author

Antonio Escohotado is a professor of philosophy and social science methodology at the National University of Distance Education in Madrid, Spain. He travels widely, offering lectures and seminars on the subject of drugs and history.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1    Remote Antiquity

2    The Greek World

3    The Roman World

   The End of Paganism

5    Islam and Inebriation

6    Drugs, Lust, and Satan

7    The Resurgence of Medicine

8    The Discovery of America

9    The End of the Old Regime and the Opium Wars

10   The Nineteenth Century

11   The Antiliberal Reaction

12   The Beginnings of the Crusade

13   New Drugs

14   A Pharmacratic Peace

15   The Psychedelic Rebellion

16   Return of the Repressed

17   The Era of Substitutes

18   Some Aspects of the Problem

Index

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iftin, March 12, 2009 (view all comments by iftin)
Thanks for the great information on Drugs. I had to do a research on drugs and i scored a perfect A+ thanks to Professor Antonio Escohotado!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780892818266
Translator:
Syminton, Ken
Translator:
Symington, Ken
Translator:
Syminton, Ken
Author:
Escohotado, Antonio
Author:
Escohotado
Author:
Symington, Ken
Publisher:
Park Street Press
Location:
Rochester, Vt. :
Subject:
Drugs
Subject:
History
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Anthropology - Physical
Subject:
Drug abuse
Subject:
Religious aspects
Subject:
Drugs -- Social aspects -- History.
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Drug abuse -- History.
Subject:
Ethnobotany
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
19990531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.24x5.42x.53 in. .51 lbs.

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