Course Descriptions for Summer 2014
HIST 2304 Section 1: Drugs and Intoxicants
Instructor: James Bradford
Summer Session One
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM
This course will examine the role of drugs and intoxicants in World History; their use as spiritual and medicinal tools, as key devices in economic capitalist expansion, and eventually their role as a divisive political and economic issue in contemporary politics. Beginning with the earliest civilizations use of stimulants and psychotropic drugs, it examines the role of stimulants such as tea, sugar, coffee and opium in the nineteenth century and looks at twentieth and twenty-first century prohibition, particularly the US-led “War on Drugs” and its relationship with the expansion of the global drug trade. We will explore a variety of books, articles, documents, and films to understand this rich, complex, and often misunderstood history.