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By Toby Seddon

Why are a few psychoactive elements considered as ‘dangerous drugs’, to be managed through the legal legislations inside an international prohibition regime, when others – from alcohol and tobacco, via to these we name ‘medicines’ – are visible and controlled very differently? A historical past of Drugs strains a family tree of the development and governance of the ‘drug challenge’ over the last two hundred years, calling into query one of the most primary rules during this box: from ‘addiction’ to the very inspiration of ‘drugs’. on the middle of the publication is the declare that it was once with the emergence within the overdue eighteenth century of recent liberal capitalism, with its exact emphasis on freedom, that our matters concerning the intake of a few of those ingredients started to grow. And, certainly, notions of freedom, loose will and accountability stay principal to the drug query this day. Pursuing an cutting edge inter-disciplinary method, A historical past of Drugs offers an educated and insightful account of the origins of latest drug coverage. will probably be crucial studying for college kids and lecturers operating in legislation, criminology, sociology, social coverage, historical past and political science.

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