High Society: Mind-Altering Drugs in History and Culture

    High Society: Mind-Altering Drugs in History and Culture
Authors Mike Jay
Year 2013
Publication Thames and Hudson Ltd (November 10, 2013)
ISBN 9780500289105, 9783896788580
Pages 192 pages
Size 39122 KB
Format EPUB
Price 5 $ 1 $ Ben discount

Abstract

Explores the use of mind-altering substances from alcohol to cocaine worldwide throughout history. Beautifully illustrated with rarely seen material, this striking, rigorously researched book puts its controversial subject into the widest possible context. It paints vivid portraits of the roles that drugs play as medicines, sacraments, status symbols and trade goods from classical times through the mind-bending self-experiments of early scientists to the present 'war on drugs', and reveals how the international trade in substances such as tobacco, tea and opium shaped the modern world. "... deserves high praise for rendering a complex, controversial topic with clarity and elegance. It's also good looking ... quite marvellous" - British Medical Journal