Drugs, Labor, and Colonial Expansion

Drugs, Labor, and Colonial Expansion

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qThe authors show that drugs possessed characteristics that made them a particularly effective means for propagating trade or increasing the extent and intensity of labor. In the early stages of European expansion, drugs were introduced to draw people, quite literally, into relations of dependency with European trade partners. Over time, the drugs used to intensify the amount and duration of labor shifted from alcohol, opium, and marijuana - which were used to overcome the drudgery and discomfort of physical labor - to caffeine-based stimulants, which provided a more alert workforce.q--BOOK JACKET.11 Drugs in Work and Trade New Directions for the Study of Drug Use Daniel Bradburd and William Jankowiak Our introduction described a patterned trajectory for drug trade and use in European economic expansion. Drugs were first traded in early contact ... Andersona#39;s essay on caffeine documents the explosive growth of its use in an industrializing world. Brady and Long and Hays provide close andanbsp;...

Title:Drugs, Labor, and Colonial Expansion
Author:William R. Jankowiak, Daniel Bradburd
Publisher:University of Arizona Press - 2003


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