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CHARACTERS Opium A History · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ ❰Read❯ ➵ Opium A History Author Martin Booth – Known to mankind since prehistoric times opium is arguably the oldest and most widely used narcotic Opium A History traces the drug's astounding impact on world culture from itsKnown to mankind since prehistoric times opium is arguably the oldest and most widely used narcotic Opium A History traces the drug's astounding impact on world culture from its religious use by prehistoric peoples to its influence on the imaginations of the Romantic. This book contains some interesting information and provides a broad and in depth historical look at its topic However it’s a bit dull rations its commas much too severely has a tendency to overgeneralize and its racial characterizations and blind spots are troubling And by virtue of being published in 1996 before the current opiate crisis it’s dated now focusing mostly on the 19th and 20th centuriesThe early chapters provide a good overview of how opium is grown its effects and its use from antiuity through the 18th century The author has a tendency to want to make everything about opium like every image in the Rime of the Ancient Mariner – there’s a lot about Romantic poets here but I still found this fairly interesting But its Anglocentric perspective becomes clear as it gets into the Opium Wars of the early 19th century and beyond with wide eyed details about drug smuggling and an approving view of the drug war While it’s not exactly surprising that this white British author failed to draw the insights Alexander did in The New Jim Crow fourteen years later I find literature about the drug war that doesn’t consider its racialized nature to be fairly worthless reading today It’s like reading a history of the American South that never mentions black people – sure you might still get some information from it but how much that’s really useful There’s even a howler about how increasing heroin use in black and Hispanic “ghettos” in American cities “so worried the FBN predecessor of the DEA that in 1951 a mandatory minimum sentence of two years was instituted for a first conviction of narcotics possession” Worried because “worry” with its implications of stewardship and compassion is what causes officials to throw poor young men of other races into prison for two years for a minor first offense RightWeird racial comments are even prevalent regarding Asians the “beautiful Oriental whores” of Hong Kong the “native ignorance of hygiene” that caused illness from needle sharing in 19th century China given that the hypodermic syringe wasn’t invented until the 1840s I’m pretty sure its safe use was new to everybody at that time the comment that “the sight of opium addicts in the streets of Hong Kong was a commonplace which most Chinese ignored but which even long term expatriate residents could seldom see without a shudder of sympathy” Given that the author’s sources are overwhelmingly European I’m not sure why he thinks it’s appropriate to contrast European feelings with Chinese action unless it’s in service of some unsupported idea about Europeans having finer feelings perhapsAt any rate I learned some stuff from this book though I really only read the first half for its information and skimmedskipped over the second with its cluelessness and racism Worth looking at if you’re interested in the older historical aspects less so for the modern history

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Ng efficiency and forms an integral part of the world's money marketsIn this first full length history of opium acclaimed author Martin Booth uncovers the multifaceted nature of this remarkable narcotic and the bittersweet effects of a simple poppy with a deadly legac. After you read this book you will realize that not only is our opiate crisis one of our own making but that it doesn't really have to be this way How many people have to die before we see the light

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Opium A HistoryWriters from the earliest medical science to the Sino British opium wars And in the present day as the addict population rises and penetrates every walk of life Opium Opium A PDFEPUBshows how the international multibillion dollar heroin industry operates with terrifyi. Read this several years ago I found it just fascinating I was really engrossed by the history of the drug's spread and how it affected societies around the globe in the past