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Killer High: A History of War in Six Drugs

Killer High: A History of War in Six Drugs (Hardback)

By Andreas, Peter

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There is growing alarm over how drugs increasingly empower terrorists, insurgents, traffickers, and gangs. But by looking back not just years and decades but centuries, the eminent scholar Peter Andreas reveals that the drugs-conflict nexus is actually an old story, and that powe...rful states have been its biggest beneficiaries. In his path-breaking Killer High, Andreas shows how six psychoactive drugs - ranging from old to relatively new, mild to potent, licit to illicit, natural to synthetic - have proven to be particularly important war ingredients. This sweeping history tells the story of war from antiquity to the modern age through the lens of alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, opium, amphetamines, and cocaine. Beer and wine drenched ancient and medieval battlefields, and the distilling revolution lubricated the conquest and ethnic cleansing of the New World. Tobacco became globalized through soldiering, with soldiers hooked on smoking and governments hooked on taxing it. Caffeine and opium fueled imperial expansion and warfare. The commercialization of amphetamines in the twentieth century energized soldiers to fight harder, longer, and faster, while cocaine stimulated an increasingly militarized drug war that produced casualty numbers surpassing most civil wars. As Andreas demonstrates, armed conflict has become progressively more drugged with the introduction, mass production, and global spread of mind-altering substances. As a result, we cannot understand the history of war without including drugs, and we similarly cannot understand the history of drugs without including war. From ancient brews and battles to meth and modern warfare, drugs and war have grown up together and become addicted to each other.
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ISBN 9780190463014
Released NZ 16 Jan 2020
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780190463014
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Imprint Oxford University Press Inc
Released 16 Jan 2020
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Andreas, Peter
Category Military History
International Relations
Theory Of Warfare & Military Science
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 232mm
Spine: 28mm
Dewey Code 616.98023
Weight 652g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Military art and science, Drug abuse - History, Military history, Medicine, Military - History, HISTORY / Military / General
NBS Text Military History
ONIX Text General/trade

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